Hey, Al!

By Arthur Yorkinks
Illustrated by Richard Egielski
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986
Al and his talkative dog Eddie are discontented with their lives. Al is a custodian, and Eddie wants a taste of the good life. One day a gigantic bird takes them away to what seems like paradise filled with birds… until they realize that they are turning into birds themselves! They desperately flee, and succeed, realizing that “Paradise lost is sometimes Heaven found” and learn to be happy with their lot.
Great for all ages– an instructive moral about being happy with what you have.
Awards: Caldecott Medal Winner
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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