This story is simple with a message of patience and friendship. The illustrations perfectly match the feel of the book. With soft, muted watercolors, Stead creates simple backdrops, leaving the details in the expressions of the animals. This husband and wife team previously won the Caldecott medal for A sick day for Amos McGee and again they achieved the perfect pairing of text and art.
"A Home For Bird" by Philip C. Stead (author & illustrator)
Every day is the story of "A", a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life. The only thing A knows it that when he/she goes to sleep he/she will wake up in a different body but a body that is the same age as A and within a certain distance of the previous place. A has no specific gender, race, or physical appearance. A has made peace with this life and has established rules to live by: never get attached, avoid being noticed, and do not interfere with the life choices of that body. There rules help A get through each day, until the day A wakes in the body of sixteen-year-old Justin. As Justin, A meets Justin's girlfriend Rhiannon. A can see how Justin continues to put Rhiannon down making her feel inadequate by accessing Justin's memories. A knows that he/she cannot should not change that but decides to change the course of the day and takes Rhiannon to the beach, spending the day sharing stories and connecting on an extremely personal level. But this only gives Rhiannon hope that Justin is a good person and tomorrow when A wakes up she will not be with Rhiannon. The next morning A wakes in a new body longing to see Rhiannon. Going against the rules created, A has become attached and is willing to interfere in people's lives that he/she embodies to see Rhiannon again. A has to decide how fat to go to be with Rhiannon and if she can be trusted with A's secrets. Levithan offers up the possibility of unconditional love, loving someone purely for who they are inside.