Kozo the Sparrow (Hardcover)

Kozo the Sparrow By Allen Say, Allen Say (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Allen Say, Allen Say (Illustrator)
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**A NEW YORK TIMES BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK OF 2023**

Caldecott Medalist Allen Say's tale of a young boy who saves a baby bird from the local bullies is filled with compassion and empathy. Based on a true story and gorgeously illustrated, this story from an iconic picture book creator is not to be missed.

A young boy sees a baby bird quivering in the hands of a neighborhood bully.

Suddenly, he wants the orphan sparrow more than anything. He trades all his treasures for the bird and calls it Kozo, Little Boy.

But how will he keep Kozo alive?

In this painted album of memory, eight-year-old Allen Say talks about the best friend he made in his childhood.

About the Author


Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, and came to the United States when he was sixteen. His many treasured books for children include Tree of CranesAllison, and the Caldecott Medal–winning Grandfather's Journey. He lives in Portland, Oregon.



Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, and came to the United States when he was sixteen. His many treasured books for children include Tree of CranesAllison, and the Caldecott Medal–winning Grandfather's Journey. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Praise For…


★"A mature and moving story replete with both tenderness and cruelty. Highly recommended as a picture book for older elementary students and all those with an interest in illustration." — School Library Journal (starred review)

"Say offers a tender narrative about a youth who saves a baby sparrow from a group of village bullies. Softly colored pen, ink, and watercolor vignettes give delight to the brief relationship between child and sparrow." — Publishers Weekly

"This poignant . . . narrative navigates complex themes of friendship, loneliness, kindness, and bravery. A deeply personal tale that underscores the power of kindness." — Kirkus Reviews

"The narrative gently relates the progression of [Kozo and the boy's] mutually rewarding relationship and the meaningfulness of care and kindness, themes furthered in Say's soft, realistic, and expressive watercolor illustrations. Say’s endnote provides story background and context, including about growing up in post-WWII Japan and the real-life Kozo."
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"Say’s pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations depict with equal clarity both the rural Japanese setting and the young protagonist’s quiet determination and devotion. An author’s note closes the affecting book." — Horn Book Magazine



Product Details
ISBN: 9780063248465
ISBN-10: 0063248468
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English