Once upon a time, a farmer wished to make the ugliest and most horrible scarecrow in the world. He placed it at the top of a small hill in the middle of his farm. The scarecrow did not want to scare anyone, but everyone ran when they saw him. However, there were lots of things that scared our scarecrow. Darkness frightened him; he was scared when he heard something rustle, and his loneliness made him scared. Therefore, he had to find a friend as soon as possible.
But who would make friends with an ugly scarecrow?
One day the little crow flew back home and announced happily: ‘Mum, I’ve finally found a friend! Look, he’s standing in front of our nest.’
But what does her mother see? She looks right into … the trunk of an elephant! ‘Didn’t I tell you to look for a friend of the same size height so that you can play together?’
The little crow is surprised: ‘We are of the same height: if I fly low and the elephant jumps up a little, we are of the same height.’
The mother can’t stop thinking of all possible difficulties, whereas the little crow can not understand the worries of her mother. They keep arguing until finally the mother tells her child: ‘do never teach your friend to jump off a wall!
The little crow replies: ‘Of course not, Mama, it is an elephant, an absolutely normal elephant. Not a flying elephant!’
Turkish, Spanish, German, Dutch , Chinese (Simplified), Farsi
Left on its own, a large egg rocks back and forth.
Suddenly there is a crack and out pops a fat little chick. The chick is all alone in the world. The animals living nearby don’t know what to do as they’ve never looked after a baby bird before. An unlikely assortment of foster parents takes over the job of trying to bring up ‘Baby’, as they call him, because he’s everyone’s baby’. They don’t always get it right but they do love him.
A Bird Like Himself is a funny, understated story about the importance of parental love and of growing up by Iranian author and illustrator Anahita Teymorian. The humorous
illustrations show all the different animals as they attempt to care for Baby – playtime is in a mouth full of teeth and then there are the numerous attempts to teach Baby how to fly.
Everything goes well in nature until the day when a human, a woodcutter comes into the forest. He wants to build a house for himself and with that in mind, he winds up destroying the houses of the squirrel, the fox, the woodpecker, the hippo and other animals. But a flood ends up carrying his house away.
The animals lose their homes and are sad and the man loses his home and all his possessions in the flood. The animals have compassion for him and he realizes his mistake. He comes to realize in fact, that the forest is for everyone; for the squirrel, the fox, the woodpecker, the bear and for humans too.
This picture book is a unique combination of art forms which takes a look at environmentalism through the art of Origami in illustration, scene design, and photography that is able to narrate the story without prose. The group cooperation of the illustrator, Origamist, and photographer in creating this work is truly praiseworthy. The illustrations come to life and depict understanding that gets the reader thinking. When the woodcutter considers rebuilding his home, the animals in nature show him compassion, welcome him in and help him. The use of Origami in attractive, vibrant colors gives this book its distinctive character. 50 pages, B age-group suitable.