From Caldecott Award–winning and New York Times bestselling author Chris Raschka, this tender and fun-filled picture book celebrates unexpected friendship and city life from the perspective of pigeons!
How do two friends find each other?
Why choose this one, not another?
Are two friends just meant to be—
I for you and you for me?
Two pigeons fly through the city hoping to find a friend—but where do friends come from? In this brightly illustrated love letter to cities, the fine, feathered characters discover the magical, unlikely connections that happen best in the hustle and bustle of a big city.
Caldecott Medalist Rachshka studies an oft-overlooked group of city dwellers pigeons conveying through their sociable flocks a message about making friends. In his loose signature style, he pans across a sweep of brownstones and brick buildings, traffic lights and telephone wires as pigeons wheel through the air. "If you tilt your head up high,/ you will see the pigeons fly." Pigeons vary in hue ("This one has a bluish head,/ His or hers is white instead"), and they congregate without regard to this difference. Similarly, two kids, a Black child in blue glasses and a white-skinned child with a blue hair tie, watch the birds, then find themselves picnicking on the same bench. There's instant rapport, and soon they race off hand-in-hand: "How do two friends find each other?/ Why this one, not another?" There's no telling what draws anyone into a friendship, Raschka hints, but this detailed cityscape shows that a friend is a wonderful thing to find. Ages 4 8.