The Life and Times of Birdie Mae Hayes; The Gift

Birdie Mae Hayes

Alice and I are getting ready for The NaNa to make the big move to Idaho by reading a book together. Alice get’s tucked into bed at night then calls me on Facetime. Our first book? Birdie Mae Hayes The Gift.

What a super cute book!!

Birdie Mae Hayes lives down the street from her best friend Sally Rose Hope. Life is just about perfect in her small Alabama town. Her parents, operate the only grocery store in town.

Birdies life is pretty sweet, even though her little brother Bubba drives her crazy (like all little brothers do).

When a new family; The Doolittle’s move in just down the street things get interesting. Mr. Doolittle is opening a rival grocery store in town. The Doolittle’s have a son the same age as Birdie and Sally; Doyle.

Is this the reason that Birdie can’t stop feeling like something is about to happen?? Probably not!! Birdie starts seeing things happen-before they actually happen!!!

The Gift; is one that is actually turns out to be handed down to the women in the family. Grandma Mae has the same ability!! She can see things before they happen too! (what a great NaNa and Alice book right?!?!)


Alice wanted more than one chapter a night!! She loved this book. On Saturday we had a sleepover and Alice read me a chapter; complete with the Southern accent. She is such a great reader!
The book is geared toward 7 to 10 year old’s, which I found to be right on the money.

Author: Bryan Langdo spent his childhood drawing dragons and ninjas on whatever was around — sketchbooks, math tests, desks. He studied under author/illustrator Robert J. Blake, and then at the Art Students’ League of NY, where he focused on life drawing and portrait painting. After that he earned a BA in English from Rutgers College. Bryan is the illustrator of over thirty books. His picture book Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat won a 2012 Spur Award for Storytelling from Western Writers of America. In addition to his work as an illustrator and writer, Bryan works as an editor for an ESL website and app. Bryan lives in Hopewell, NJ, with his wife and two children. When not working, he likes to be in the woods.

Illustrator: Jeri Anne Agee grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in communications. An avid reader and a mother of three, Jeri Anne retired early from the financial industry and, at the age of forty-four, began writing her first children’s book. Her quest to combine her own stories of growing up in the South with a character who is strong, lovable, loyal, and funny resulted in Birdie Mae Hayes. Jeri Anne currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband, three children, and three rescue dogs.

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Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Author: Bryan Langdo
Illustrator: Jeri Anne Agee
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Number of Pages: 112 Pages
Book Type: Paperback
Size: 8.25″ x 5.50″

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  • Diane K. Brimmer

    Sounds like the perfect time with the perfect book! I bet you keep up the FaceTime with that little amazing girl yet today. What would we do without FaceTime and the little ones so far away? Now I want to go check out this book just to see what happened with Birdie.

    • Connie Gruning

      Diane, I faced timed with Alice tonight. That kid! ALGEBRA?! In the 3rd grade!!! She was asking me math questions (I do not DO math!) I stuttered around and finally made PopPop answer the questions.

  • Dana Rodriguez

    This looks like a great book for kids. I have loved reading all my life and am working on starting a library for our baby grandson.

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