Author/Illustrator Rebecca Bender is best known for her award-winning Giraffe And Bird books. Her other publications include How Do You Feel? and Peach Girl (illustrations). Rebecca graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design with the medal for illustration and is now an art director and designer. She lives in Burlington, Ontario, with her husband and two children.
In contrast to many books for preschool and young readers, the author introduces a rich and varied vocabulary to express the emotions felt by both the characters...The text is accompanied with delightful, full page coloured, acrylic illustrations by the author...This will be a wonderful book to share with younger children to feature unlikely friendships and explore emotions. Resource Links With gorgeous illustrations done in vibrant acrylics, Giraffe Meets Bird tells how an unlikely friendship developed between these two. Good for reading aloud, this vibrant picture book tells an important lesson: despite minor clashes, true friends will be there when you most need them. Winnipeg Free Press Attractive, bright acrylics give Bender's animal characters personality, especially fuzzy, cantankerous Bird, and her friendship story is nicely modulated, with vocabulary lessons neatly tucked in. Sincerely sweet. Kirkus Reviews ...warm, expressive acrylic illustrations...With or without the pithy array of synonyms, the story's overall message is what leaves the biggest impression: relationships are hard work, requiring tolerance and understanding, but are well worth the effort. A worthy purchase along with Bender's other two books about Giraffe and Bird. School Library Journal Bender's bold acrylic illustrations will sometimes amusingly tell a story that differs from what the text reports...An excellent addition to the "Giraffe and Bird" series. Highly Recommended. CM Magazine Bender's acrylic illustrations are bright and expressive, and she depicts a range of emotions through the friends' eyes and body positions...kids will relate as it so aptly depicts the complex beauty of friendships. National Reading Campaign Bender gives us memorable and lovable characters...[S]he uses words that are synonymous to describe their relationship. It allows her young readers to build vocabulary without really knowing that it is happening. Sal's Fiction Addiction