Watch the Birdie! by Nancy Cote tells the tale of a mouse who helps out a bird who has not yet learned to fly. The young bird has fallen from the nest, and he’s a little to young to fly, but Mousey knows he has to get back into the nest and soon. A cat is approaching, ready to pounce. What’s endearing is that the mouse is so preoccupied with helping the bird, it never occurs to him that his own life might be in danger.
The mouse seeks the help of nearby animals, hoping to get the bird back into the tree, but each time the plan fails as the bird slips off backs and tumbles to the ground without ever getting very far. My daughter loved watching the mouse come up with new ways and find new friends to help get the bird back into the tree. She thought the mouse was brave as the cat hid in the tall grass and stood between him and the bird.
Watch the Birdie! by Nancy Cote is a tale of bravery and friendship. My daughter applauded the mouse’s endeavors and she was relieved by the ending, and other young readers will be too.