Firebird  -     By: Brent McCorkle, Amy Parker
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Firebird

B&H Books / 2012 / Hardcover

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Firebird is a children's book that parallels the life of Samantha Crawford, a storybook artist in the inspiring new film Unconditional who has lost sight of God's love.
Firebird is a bright orange baby oriole who just loves the sunshine, but whenever a storm blows in, he frets and asks Mama why God allows the rain to take the sun away. Only when Firebird is old enough, does he venture up through the thunder and lightning to see what's on the other side. With a rough flight that makes him want to give up, Firebird rises above the storm to discover the sun shining where it has always been---and learns that God never lets the storm take the sun away. With this truth, Firebird basks in the sunshine, but also learns to rejoice in the rain.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 10.00 X 10.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1433679175
ISBN-13: 9781433679179
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 4-10

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Publisher's Description

What if God’s love were like the sun, constant and unchanging? What if one day you realized nothing could take that away?

Firebird is a bright orange baby oriole who just loves the sunshine. But whenever a storm blows in, he frets and asks Mama why God allows the rain to take the sun away. When Firebird is finally old enough, his mother gently instructs him to fly up through the thunder and lightning to see what’s on the other side.

It’s a rough flight, and just when he’s about to give up, Firebird rises above the storm to discover the sun shining where it always had been.

God never lets the storm take the sun away. With that truth in his heart, Firebird continues to bask in the sunshine, but just as important, he learns to rejoice in the rain.

Firebird is a children’s book that parallels the life of Samantha Crawford, a storybook artist in the inspiring new film Unconditional (scheduled for a theatrical launch in fall 2012) who has lost sight of God’s love.

Author Bio

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Brent McCorkle wrote and directed the film Unconditional. His previous movie, The Rift, a metaphoric story about adoption, was a winner in The Doorpost Film Project 2009. Brent and his wife have five children.

Amy Parker has written more than twenty books for children, teens, and adults including the best-selling A Night Night Prayer and three Mom’s Choice Awards winners. Amy and her husband have two children.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATORS
Rob Corley is a former Disney animator and worked on classic films including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Aladdin. He has illustrated more than 25 children’s books and lives in Franklin, TN.
Chuck Vollmer has worked on Disney films from Mulan to The Princess and the Frog as well as on several VeggieTales DVDs and books.

Publishers Weekly

Fairytale motifs, Disney-style illustrations (Corley and Vollmer are Disney animators) and theological questions combine in this tale of Firebird, a big-eyed baby oriole who "just lived for the sunshine," and cannot understand why God would "let the storm take the sun away." Full-bleed, full-spread paintings depict a bird-centered world of sunny days with luxurious green vines and hills, and stormy days with purplish gray clouds showering streaks of rain. While Firebird's mother gives initial evasive answers to her unhappy bird's questions, eventually she encourages him to ride into the storm and learn the answer for himself. One painting shows terrified Firebird dodging lightning and buffeted by powerful winds, while the next page reveals Firebird's ecstatic face witnessing the glowing rays above the clouds, making him realize the storm has not eliminated the sun. Uncomplicated illustrations and plot-line enable McCorkle (director of the film Unconditional) and Parker (A Night Night Prayer) to engage the complicated theological question of why an all-powerful God allows bad things to happen, and offer the consoling message of God's eternal presence even during stormy times. Ages 4-up. (Oct.) 2012 Reed Business Information

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  1. Chris
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    Age: 45-54
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Terrific!
    January 21, 2014
    Chris
    Oakdale, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Simply put, this is a great book that was inspired by a great movie.
  2. Jessica
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    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful book!
    March 15, 2013
    Jessica
    Demopolis, al
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I recently read this book to 5 groups of kids ages ranging from 4-8 they all loved this book. The meaning behind the story is absolutely beautiful, the first time I read it I got a little bit choked up and each time after that I just felt so overwhelmed by God's love. I can't wait to read this to my little girls!
  3. simplemother
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful and encouraging, even for adults.
    January 7, 2013
    simplemother
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    What a beautiful story. Will be reading this time and time again to my children.
  4. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An ever present God
    November 17, 2012
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the delightful and colorful story of Firebird who always complained about the rain hiding the sun until his mother challenged him to ‘ride the clouds.' An allegory regarding God.

    Your children will love the many caricatures of Firebird's many poses! They will have you and your children giggling in delight!
  5. Cindy Navarro
    Cullman, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful illustrations and lesson.
    September 20, 2012
    Cindy Navarro
    Cullman, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Firebird, written by Brent McCorkle and Amy Parker, is the story of a baby oriole who loves the sunshine Each time a storm comes, Firebird gets upset and asks his mama why God allows rain. During one storm, Mama decides Firebird is old enough to find out for himself about what is on the other side of the storm. The lesson he learns is one that changes his attitude forever.

    This book, written for children 4-10 years old holds profound truth that needs to be learned at an early age. Even for those of us who have learned it, sometimes we need a simple reminder. This was a easy to read book, beautifully illustrated by Rob Corley and Chuck Vollmer. The bright colors are sure to hold the attention of the younger child, and it is not too difficult for an older child to read. I like that the message should be easily comprehensible for a child to understand while reading, yet also is one that can be turned into a family discussion and teaching moment.

    By the way, this is the book that Samantha Crawford writes in Unconditional (book and film) and Firebird is a perfect illustration of the premise. If you haven't read the novel by Eva Marie Everson (based on Brent McCorkle's screenplay) or seen the film, I highly recommend that you do both.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.
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