The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown has been released by HarperCollins with new illustrations by Caldecott-winner Christian Robinson. Remy Chalip's original illustrations for this classic on love and loss will always be the best to me, but I do delight when a book that's been lost to generations of children gets reinvented so it can be loved once again. And Robinson is obviously skilled for the task. Other awesome books by Charlip include Thirteen, Arm and Arm, and Mother Mother I Feel Sick Send for the Doctor Quick Quick Quick. And maybe Margaret Wise Brown really will live forever. Wouldn't that be something?
If you can get your hands on the December 2000 issue of Vanity Fair, there is an article about Ms. Brown that is spectacular! Not to be missed.