Young Mekhai, better known as Bird, loves to draw. With illustrations, he can eliminate the things that do not turn out right. In real life, issues aren't so easily fixed.As Bird has a hard time to comprehend the death of his precious grandpa and his older sibling's drug addiction, he gets away into his art. Drawing is an outlet for Bird's emotions and imagination, and provides a course to making sense of his world. In time, with the help of his grandpa's pal, Bird finds his own unique somethin' and wings to fly.Told with
spare grace, Bird is a touching look at a young kid coping with real-life troubles. Readers will be heartened by Bird's quiet resilience, and moved by the healing power of putting pencil to paper.Bird, the recipient of Lee & Low's New Voices Award Honor, is the very first picture book of both Zetta Elliot and Shadra Strickland.