How to Make a Heron Happy
The heron in the local park always looks sad and grumpy, so Hamish decides to cheer it up. He brings food, tidies the herons dirty pond, plants flowers, and has a party. But the heron still looks grumpy. Maybe it isn't unhappy after all?
A charming story from Edinburgh-based writer and storyteller, Lari Don.
'I'd recommend this as a shared read - or perhaps for new readers (an often overlooked picture book audience, I think). The text and illustrations focus rather nicely on things to do in a park and how to improve your local area, and are brilliant as a focus for discussion ... I'd definitely recommend this, whether as a family read or for a primary classroom.'
-- Thoughts from the Heartfire blog
'I liked that as you got further into the book, more was happening in the park, which is initially desolate and unused, so I found two positive messages; the second is Hamish's conclusion about the heron. A great story about a park!'
-- Juno Magazine, March 2011
'With only a line or two of text on the page and plenty of repetition, this is ideal for beginning readers. O'Byrne's illustrations have the look of pen-and-ink sketches with watercolor. Ranging from vignettes to double-page spreads, they both support and add to the narrative, showing the heron in a variety of poses and the park gradually becoming more beautiful and more populated.
As read-aloud or read-alone, a nice addition to the caring-for-our environment collection.'
-- Kirkus Reviews
'A feel-good story from an Edinburgh-based author ... The illustrations are stunning, colourful, informal with a watercolour effect. There is much use of green colouring for the park. Perhaps the use of this colour could be used to emphasise to our young readers the importance of green open spaces, parks, pond birds and flowers. Parks are very pleasant places to be! This is also a great book for reading aloud, which would also encourage imagination and discussion.'
-- The School Librarian