"What is truly special here is the beauty of the soft artwork, which has the feel of watercolor.... Close-ups make the squabbling feel immediate….A visual delight." - Kirkus Reviews
In the wide savanna there are three birds named Ade, Emem, and Nuru, that live on the back of an elephant. They are best friends. But one day the wind blows a bright speckled feather into their midst, and in no time their peacefulness is over.
A thought-provoking story about friendship by debut author-illustrator Johanna Ries.
Selected by the Society of Illustrators Original Art competition 2021.
Johanna Ries was born in Marl, Germany. While she was still a child, she discovered the joys of painting and writing stories. In 2015, she began her studies in illustration at the Münster School of Design, specializing in illustrating both fiction and nonfiction
What is truly special here is the beauty of the soft artwork, which has the feel of watercolor.... Close-ups make the squabbling feel immediate. And two double-page spreads in which a wild dog attacks the birds are outright gripping…..A visual delight.
– Kirkus Review
This theme of bickering companions who discover the value and need of friendship is common in fables, but it is given a fresh and inventive spin here, with plenty of lively dialogue perfect for classroom readers’ theater performances and gorgeous amber-hued illustrations that play beautifully with perspective and exude the heat and feel of an African savanna.