Books by Pam Wight/Shelley Steinle
Birds of Paradise
Pamela S. Wight
Illustrated by Shelley A. Steinle
List Price: $17.99 HB
32 pages, full color
Ages 3 and up
Sweet sparrows Bessie and Bert grow up as differently as night and day. Bessie is fearful of the dangers inherent in being a bird. She's scared to leave her cozy branch. But Bert relishes flying in the sky and pecking delicious seeds on the ground, until he loses half a tail. Bessie and Bert uncover each other's fears and, through a newfound friendship, re-discover the delight in being birds. Charming, lustrous illustrations and light, lilting verse delight children and adults alike as they gain a new appreciation for the joyous birds in their own backyard.
Review of Birds of Paradise
Bert and Bessie, sparrows hatched into Paradise, soon learn that even Paradise has dangers. Bessie gives in to fear and becomes a recluse. Bert frolics heedlessly until he has a close call with a cat. He and Bessie decide to help each other with their problem. Together they discover how to balance the joy of living with necessary caution. This story can help children do the same in their own lives. New things will be discovered at every reading and children will delight in the illustrations.
Aileen K. Henderson,
author of The Horses of Lost Valley (Young Adult book)
About the Author
Pamela S. Wight writes fiction for children and adults. She is the published author of The Right Wrong Man and Twin Desires, and pens a popular weekly blog called Roughwighting (www.roughwighting.net).
She teaches Creative Writing classes in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas (pam.wight@
Shelley A. Steinle is a freelance artist who has done both commercial and fine art commissions. Her ink drawings have sold in galleries and shows and have been published in Legacy of the Land by Carol Lee, Mills and Memories by Joan Prall, and the Baltimore Sun. She resides in Maryland (jssteinle@