Advanced Search

Add Best Comp

Add comparable title

Remove comparable title

Adapting to Life Changes

  • Other Formats

    9781773060392 Fixed format, EPUB, $16.95 9781773060408 Fixed format, Kindle, $16.95
  • Reading Levels

    Lexile measure: NP
  • Sales Rights

    For sale with exclusive rights in: WORLD
  • Supply Detail (CA)

    Distributor: UTP Distribution Supplies to: CA Availability: Available On Sale Date: Sep 01, 2019 Carton Quantity: 30 $18.95 CAD
  • Supply Detail (US)

    Distributor: Publishers Group West Supplies to: US Availability: Available On Sale Date: Sep 01, 2019 Carton Quantity: 30 $18.95 USD
  • Catalogues

Helen’s Birds
By (author): Sara Cassidy Illustrated by: Sophie Casson
Sara Cassidy ,

Illustrated by :

Sophie Casson


Groundwood Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Paper over boards
Hardcover , Picture book, Paper over boards


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 9, Grade (CAN) 1 - 4, Grade (US) 1 - 4
Sep 01, 2019
$18.95 CAD


9.75in x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 0.88 lb

Page Count:

44 pages


Full color throughout
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
Globe 100 List 2019, Commended OLA Best Bets 2019, Commended
  • Short Description
From Sara Cassidy, acclaimed author of A Boy Named Queen, comes a stunning wordless graphic novel about friendship, loss and hope.

From Sara Cassidy, acclaimed author of A Boy Named Queen, comes a stunning wordless graphic novel about friendship, loss and hope.

For as long as Saanvi can remember, she has been friends with her elderly neighbor Helen. They play cards and garden together and, especially, care for the wild birds that visit Helen’s yard. When Helen dies suddenly, a “For Sale” sign goes up, and movers arrive, emptying the house of its furniture and stripping the yard of its birdfeeders. The sparrows and hummingbirds disappear.

Soon a bulldozer tears down Helen’s house. All winter, Saanvi walks numbly past the property as developers begin to build condos. Then one spring day, amid the dust and turmoil of construction, she finds a weathered playing card wedged between two rocks. She holds it to her chest, and finally sobs.

After a tearful night, Saanvi wakes inspired. She slathers peanut butter on pinecones to hang from tree branches, hammers together a birdhouse from scrap wood and drags a kitchen stool outside to hold a bowl of water. Finally, she retrieves a nest that has been unraveling on Helen’s old property and places it in a tree in her own yard. Saanvi’s yard soon fills with Helen’s birds. They have a home again.

This beautifully illustrated, wordless graphic novel shows Saanvi’s journey through close friendship, then hollowing loss and change, until she finally finds hope.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

SARA CASSIDY is a journalist, editor and the author of twenty children’s books. Her books have won the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and been Junior Library Guild selections. They have been nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award in Young People's Literature, Chocolate Lily Award, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Diamond Willow Award, Silver Birch Express Award and the Sunburst Award. Sara lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

SOPHIE CASSON has illustrated The Artist and Me by Shane Peacock, a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Quelle pagaille! by Danielle Marcotte and Laurence-Aurélie Théroux-Marcotte, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, and Helen’s Birds by Sara Cassidy. Her highly acclaimed illustrations are inspired by Japanese woodblock prints and World War II–era posters. Sophie’s award-winning work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and Nature, as well as in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Sophie lives in Montreal, Quebec.

A moving testimony to the process of navigating abrupt, painful change—and the life-altering impact of true friendship - Kirkus Reviews

[The graphic novel format] creates a comforting clarity and clear path for readers, even in the midst of a shocking and unexpected loss. - Quill and Quire

This story of intergenerational friendship [is] told with warmth and realism … - Booklist

Equally heartbreaking and encouraging, this moving look at meaningful friendship offers valuable honesty and insight. - Horn Book

of 35

Forgotten Password

Please enter your email address and click submit. An email with instructions on resetting your password will be sent to you.

Forgotten Password

An email has been sent out with instructions for resetting your password.