Abby’s Birds

By Ellen Schwartz
Illustrated by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin

“Elizabeth Shefrin’s cut-paper illustrations – ingenious and most appealing to the eye – are the perfect medium for this exquisitely subtle picture-book, in which origami, the Japanese art of folding paper to make various objects and shapes, is both theme and message.”
– Susan Perren, The Globe and Mail

Tradewind Books, 2006
ISBN: 978-1-896580-33-3
32 pages, hardcover
ages 4-8

Abby’s Birds has been nominated for

  • The Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize (BC Book Prize).
  • The Shining Willow Book Awards
  • The Chocolate Lily Book Awards
  • The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Long listed for the the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award for Illustration
  • Selected for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Club Amick for Aboriginal Literacy Initiatives
  • Original illustrations for Abby’s Birds have been purchased by the Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books in Toronto.

Illustrations for Abby’s Birds

New house. New backyard.

Mrs Naka’s hair was loose, the brush moving in long downward strokes.

Watch the tori fly.

She didn’t see the papers flung like a rainbow from Mrs Naka’s outflung arms.

As summer faded Abby practised. She folded, unfolded.

They flew.