Little Bot and Sparrow

by Jake Parker (Author) Jake Parker (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A story of friendship that can inspire anyone, even robots, to dream . . .

When Little Bot is thrown out with the garbage, he finds himself in a strange new world. Fortunately, Sparrow is there to take him under her wing. Together, they explore the forest, share adventures, and learn what it means to be forever friends.

This sweet and lasting tale by Jake Parker beautifully captures the happiness and love that can come from making your first true friend--and the courage it takes when it's time to say goodbye.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

"One day Little Bot wasn't needed anymore. He was thrown out with the garbage." That's all Parker (The Little Snowplow) has to say about his droid's backstory as he shows Little Bot tumbling through the air and landing unceremoniously on Earth, suggesting extraterrestrial origins. A bird named Sparrow spots the robot, whose face is an oversize monitor with doll-like features, and decides he "needed to be taken under her wing"; she schools him in the joys and pitfalls of life on Earth (Little Bot learns the hard way that "robots shouldn't fly"). Parker chronicles the relationship between quirky master and student with velvety textures and idyllic settings that make the incongruous robot even more adorable. Then winter comes and Sparrow must leave. Little Bot doesn't try to stop her or extract any promises of returning or lasting friendship; their time together has been enough. It's a moment of profundity and emotional ambiguity that may surprise and even sadden readers, but the discussions this story will spark should prove as rewarding as the happiest of endings. Ages 3-6. Agent: Judith Hansen, Hansen Literary. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--When a motherly Sparrow sees a discarded Robot, a friendship begins. In the spring, Sparrow teaches Robot how to have fun outside. In the summer, she shows him how to be curious (but safe). And before she has to fly south in the fall, she teaches him how to live without her. The warm illustrations capture the beauty of the changing seasons, during the day and the night, and the power of friendship. At the end of the tale, Robot is seen doing two things he thought impossible--dreaming and flying--all made possible because of Sparrow. The differences between a metallic robot and a feathery sparrow show friendships can happen between any two individuals. VERDICT A sweet additional purchase for friendship storytimes.--Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, Alta., Canada

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Review quotes

Parker tells his story with humor and tenderness, while his digital illustrations warmly portray a small mechanical object and even smaller bird in the forest . . . Dreamy and poetic. "Kirkus," starred review"
Jake Parker
Jake Parker is an illustrator and cartoonist whose picture books include The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair, The Tooth Fairy Wars, The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Little Snowplow. He also created the Missile Mouse graphic novels, published by Scholastic. He lives in Utah with his wife and their five children.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
September 20, 2016

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