Bird Hugs by Ged Adamson

5 stars Children’s

What a fantastic uplifting book! Bernard is different, I mean really different.  He’s a bird with really long wings.  While all the other birds are learning how to fly, Bernard is grounded. He’s tried to fly but it didn’t work out.  He’s had a few friends who have encouraged him but things just haven’t worked out.  Eventually, everyone leaves him as they’re birds, as they fly off to find themselves new homes which leaves Bernard sad and then, I’m sad just thinking about him. 

One evening Bernard hears something that changes his life forever.  Bernard discovers that the noise is someone who is more heartbroken than he is.  Wanting to help, Bernard wraps his long wings around the sobbing orangutan and gives him a huge hug. This hug is a huge success for the both of them.  

I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was great that Bernard tried to come up with solutions to his issue and that he became emotional during this time.  We can’t deny our feelings and Bernard definitely felt many emotions coming to terms with his gift.  I loved that Bernard went out of his way to find the source of the noise when he heard it and that he did what came nature to him, when he saw that it was the orangutan. The ending was fantastic and it left a huge smile on my face. I need this book!  It reminded me of the book, Donna O’Neeshuck Was Chased by Some Cows which I have loved for years.