Perfect Picture Book Friday! The Nightingale Who Lost and Found His Song

I know, I know – you are saying “But Erik, it’s Thursday!”

Well yes, BUT in some parts of the world it is Friday and tomorrow (Friday here) I have a special creative kid post that has to get posted on Friday and I have a great picture book to tell you about so I am going to pretend I am blogging from Australia and it’s already Friday.


G’Day Mates!

Before I get to my PPBF pick, I want to tell you about an interview that Tomato and Pea did (yes, Tomato and Pea, the characters from my book)! Click HERE to join up with character book club where Tomato and Pea are interviewed by Taylor Davis of The Flame of Findul!

NEXT I have a winner to announce!

I was lucky to get a great prize pack for the 45th Anniversary of Eric Carle’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

ToteandBookPrizeThe winner of the books, CDs and totes (yes the winner gets two of each) chosen by my sister Josie from all the names in a hat is…


Congratulations Ms. Greenley! I will be emailing you to get your address.

Now onto PPBF!

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because of the unique point of view of this bullying story.

nightingaleThe Nightingale who Lost and Found His Song

By Lisa Flynn

Illustrated by Josefina Hernandez

Available as an ebook – ages 5+

Published by Twigs Publishing on December 15, 2013

Theme/Topic- Bullying

Genre- Fiction/help book

Opening and Synopsis- 

“Nightingale kicked at the dirt with his nightingale feet, while fat, sad nightingale tears rolled down his tiny, feathered cheeks. A very rare thing, as nightingales generally don’t cry.”

Nightingale lost his voice but not because he was bullied, it was because he stood by and did nothing when a schoolmate was bullied. Nightingale didn’t do the right thing and lost his courage and his voice. His woodland friends help him find his voice and his courage again.

Why I liked this book- This is a really sweet story. I like the different telling of a bullying story in it – the MC wasn’t bullied but stood by while someone else was. Nightingale is a character you really end up caring for. I think kids will understand how scared and sad he feels. The illustrations are very well done. They add to the feeling of the story. I like how Nightingale’s friends help him find his voice again.  I love the message – we have a voice to say things, and we should try to say the right things. 

Activities and Resources-

The Cartoon Network has a whole campaign called “Stop Bullying: Speak Up!” There are tips for parents, kids and teachers about how to speak up if you see bullying. There are a ton of activities including videos with different scenarios and examples of what to do in situations. Click HERE to go to the site.

The Office Depot Foundation also has a program called “Be The Difference. Speak Up Against Bullying.” They teamed up with he music group One Direction to spread the word about what kids can do about bullying. At the website (click HERE) you can find tips and videos about what to do in bullying situations. 

To ‘Like’ Twigs Publishing on Facebook, click HERE!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9

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37 replies

  1. Bonzer post Cobber! LOL 😀

  2. Great choice Erik. Not enough is written for bystanders of bullying. They don’t want to be bullied, may have been bullied, and feel powerless to act. This is a wonderful story for kids.
    Congratulations Wendy!

    • That is what stood out for me with this book. I could feel the way the little bird felt because he did nothing. I think a lot of kids have to deal with that – not saying anything because they are afraid. Thanks Mrs. Tilton! 🙂

  3. What a great book, Erik! I think there should be more books on this subject. There isn’t enough emphasis on the importance of speaking up. Sometimes you are someone else’s only hope.

  4. Important book, have to agree with all the comments. I look forward to checking out the art too.

  5. Thanks for thinking of us, Erik. It’s Friday here in Oz. 👍

  6. Congrats to lucky Wendy! And what a lovely choice for PPBF. I really like the idea of telling the story from the POV of a character who stood by during the bullying – nice twist, and something a lot of kids will be able to learn from, I’d think. Thanks so much for sharing this one, whichever day it is 🙂

  7. One more to add to our antibullying list! Terrific! You can’t have enough. Thanks, Eric, for finding time to post a PPBF today even if it was Thursday. I would not have known. You show up on my reader but I dont’ go there every day.

    This sounds like an important yet sweet book with a powerful message. It’s on my list for tomorrow. 🙂

  8. I love the theme of this, Eric. Many kids don’t realize that they can be complicit by remaining silent.

  9. Thanks for pointing out the twist on the traditional bully tale. You had me intrigued at the title. Thanks.

  10. I was thrilled to learn I was the winner of last week’s “bundle” and have a baby shower coming up that it will be perfect for! This week’s book looks like a beautiful way to tackle the subject of bullying. It could be paired with Each Kindness.

  11. G’day, Erik. Aw…shucks…I didn’t win the book bundle….now I’ll just HAVE to go to the BOOK STORE to buy my copy 🙂 Thanks for giving me an excuse 😉 And congrats to Wendy. I appreciate your book selection. I was bullied in jr. hi. I was a little country girl who moved to Los Angeles in the 60’s. Talk about culture shock! No one ever spoke up for me – and we didn’t have the anti-bullying platforms there are now.

  12. G’day and at least you gave a good excuse for posting on Thursday unlike my epic scheduling blooper last week. This focus on bystanders is gaining momentum in bullying stories and is much needed. I love the cover.

  13. Congratulations to Wendy. What a fun prize. This books sounds like an important one that will help a lot of kids. I will definitely be checking it out. Thanks for the review.

  14. It is so important to use our voices to speak up for the victims of abuse and bullying. I love this little metaphor.

  15. A unique little book Erik. Thanks!

  16. Finding our voices and speaking up when we see wrong is an important lesson to learn. Thanks for this great recommendation, Erik. And congrats to Wendy!

  17. This sounds like such a good book. I know many kids and adults will be able to relate to standing by when someone else is getting bullied. This will be a great conversation starter. 🙂

  18. This is such a classic story. There is a version of this story written by a Singaporean author and illustrator, quite beautiful I thought. My daughter’s Drama Academy is even adapting the story for a drama class for the below 6-year old kids. 🙂

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