Groundwood Books

A Cage Went in Search of a Bird

Written by Cary Fagan • Illustrated by Banafsheh Erfanian

For students in grades K - 2 | Published May 01, 2017 | ISBN 9781554988624
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings

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32 pages | 8.50 in × 8.50 in
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About this book

A Cage Went in Search of a Bird

Cary Fagan • Banafsheh Erfanian

Is there someone out there for everyone? Two lonely souls find each other in this unusual tale of friendship and belonging from award-winning comic writer Cary Fagan. In her North American debut, illustrator Banafsheh Erfanian brings ornate artistry to the cage and birds that inhabit this surprisingly human story.

A long-empty birdcage takes a chance and leaves behind its attic home to find a bird to keep. Out in the world, the cage encounters many birds and offers shelter to each of them. One by one, they refuse, explaining why they belong elsewhere. The cage feels lonelier than ever – until the cage in search of a bird finds a bird in search of a cage.

Based on an aphorism by Franz Kafka, Fagan’s original story will make readers laugh at its absurdity and ponder its meaning long after they finish reading.

About the Author

Cary Fagan

Cary Fagan is the award-winning author of many books for children and adults, including Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas and Oy, Feh, So! Visit Cary Fagan's website:

Banafsheh Erfanian

Awards and Praise
A lovely storytime or lapsit selection for deep thinkers and connection-makers.
A Cage Went in Search of a Bird