An interactive performance and conversation with Noa Baum, author of How the Birds Became Friends
How the Birds Became Friends
Retold by Noa Baum, Illustrated by Zev Labinger (September 2021, Familius)
Long ago when the world was very young, the birds did not get along.
They were always fighting about who was better.
Beaks pecking! Feathers flying! Squawks and screeches everywhere!
Little Quail feels lost in all the noise, but with each bird trying to outdo the others, Quail bravely takes an unexpected approach.
In this delightful take on a Burmese folktale, told by award-winning storyteller Noa Baum and illustrated by renowned ecologist and artist Zev Labinger, watch the power of kindness change the world. Rooted in her Jewish heritage, and focusing on timeless universal values, Noa engages young and old in a dynamic performance and interactive conversation about Tikun Olam and the choices we can make to bring more healing and peace into our world.
With audience participation Noa shares the bright illustrations and discusses how a story is turned into a picture book.
“Noa is a gifted storyteller who captured the attention and imagination of an intergenerational audience. The children were captivated as she told of growing up in Israel, dreaming of peace and becoming a Storyteller who collects peace stories from around the world. Noa brought the story alive with her expressions and energy and wove in songs creating a multigenerational singalong. The act of kindness penetrated the air as one girl noticed another girl (that she didn’t know prior to the event) was cold and walked over to share her blanket. After the presentation, the children were glowing as they had the chance to meet an author in person and have her sign their books. I highly recommend bringing in Noa Baum for an interactive and impactful experience deeply rooted in tradition and Jewish values.”
Melissa Seltzer, Director Community Arts, The Gordon Center for Performing Arts, JCC of Greater Baltimore, MD
“Promoting kindness and humanity without preaching, How the Birds Became Friends is a gentle fable about how small choices make big differences. This benevolent, cheerily illustrated tale uses simple, effective narrative to distill the noise of conflict into the harmony of fellowship. Zev Labinger’s watercolor illustrations brightly depict full-of-personality avian characters without losing their bird-ness. Baum’s retelling of this Burmese folktale lends itself to reading and telling aloud, and this story is sure to find a home in the hearts of young listeners.” Janice M. Del Negro, PhD, Professor of Youth Literature, SOIS Dominican University
“It’s my strong belief that nature conservation has to go hand in hand with environmental education starting with children as soon as they can talk! The skillful and colorful illustrations of Zev Labinger and the inspiring story of Noa Baum told in an original way give a message of friendship, peace and the beauty of nature and variety of birdlife. Messages like these are so much needed all around the globe.” Ysbrand Brouwers Sr., Founder and Director of Artists for Nature Foundation