Emily Matheis

Opal’s Springtime Birdhouse

Publisher‏: ‎Yeehoo Press; 1st edition (February 22, 2023)
Author: Emily Matheis
Illustrator: Albert Arrayás
Language: ‎English
Hardcover: ‎32 pages
ISBN: ‎978-1953458483
Reading age: ‎4 – 8 years
Dimensions: ‎8 x 10 inches

A charming picture book tale that showcases how the rewards of our efforts can come from the most unexpected of places. 

Bang! Whack! Whirrr!

It’s time for a birdhouse-building contest! Opal’s friends all have endless ideas on how to make their constructions stand out. There are bells, pom-poms, basketballs, and many more materials to use–and yet Opal still feels stuck. Maybe a simple, sturdy piece of wood…a few nails and screws will be just right. But when the judges don’t pick Opal’s birdhouse, she may still discover that her humble home is just right for someone else. In this charming picture book tale, creators Emily Matheis and Albert Arrayas showcase how the rewards of our efforts can come from the most unexpected of places.


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Kirkus Reviews
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This encouraging exploration of perseverance reveals that we all have plenty of imagination—and much to offer... Onomatopoeia relentlessly pursues some industrious campers as they strive to create the most imaginative birdhouse—ever...Matheis’ short, readable paragraphs follow Opal from the highs of expectation to the lows of defeat—and back up again to the satisfaction of having created a working birdhouse...Arrayás’ perky illustrations populate the story with a diverse cast of energetic characters. A short appendix features some bird habitats from around the world.
Foreword Reviews
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Opal is devastated when her house is not deemed “fun and creative” enough for first place but learns there are more important prizes to be won.
The Children’s Book Review
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Opal’s Springtime Birdhouse is about building and creativity, but more importantly, it’s a story about thinking through what matters and what does not...Opal’s Springtime Birdhouse is an excellent example of a picture book that is not only entertaining but also socially responsible and beautifully considered.

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