by Ann Florence Dodd
with beautiful illustrations by the author
Birdie is a sweet and lonely caged bird who lives in the garden outside his owner’s cottage. As he sits in his cage day after day, he watches other birds fly the blue skies and wonders why he is not free to fly, too. What did he do wrong?
Birdie really wants a friend and tries to find one, but it just isn’t happening for him. Then one day a beetle named Berty falls into his cage, and suddenly Birdie is so happy: he has his first friend!
After tragedy strikes, Birdie becomes desperate to escape his confinement. When his cage door is finally opened, Birdie has to face his fears and find the courage to leave; after all, his cage was the only world he knew…
Is Birdie brave enough to face his biggest fear? Follow Birdie’s beautiful story—perfect for ages 10 and up—as the little bird finds friendship and courage, confronts untold adversity, and finally explores a whole new world he never knew existed. With heart-touching illustrations from the author, Ann Florence Dodd.
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-946044-88-4
e-Book ISBN: 978-1-946044-89-1
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About the Author and Illustrator
Ann Florence Dodd wants to inspire children by seeing the world through the eyes and lives of animals. Through her storytelling she hopes to bring encouragement and humor while covering subjects of adversity and struggle.
Ann was born in Birmingham, England, and lived there until her mid-twenties. She then moved back to her father’s ancestral home island of Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, to help run the family hotel. Ann has worked as both a Prison Officer and a Childcare Officer; these occupations have taught Ann much about human resilience and how impoverished some people’s lives can be.
Animal welfare and the environment have always been a huge part of Ann’s life. Since moving to Cyprus six years ago, she has volunteered for animal charities who care for a variety of neglected animals in Cyprus.
Ann’s first book, Birdie, was inspired from her years of caring for vulnerable and unloved children and animals. Although Birdie is a book about a caged bird, Ann feels it is a metaphor for the type of life some people experience.
As Ann states, “The irony of some prisons is that they house aviaries.”