Read this book from the library to open the morning and was surprised by the story! The book is about a duke who raises his daughter as a single parent and one of their favorite things to do is listen to the birds in their courtyard. They talk about how winter turns to spring every time. He gets sick and his daughter Gemma gets their favorite white songbird to stick around to help keep her father’s health up through the winter. At the very coldest part of winter, the last three days of January, the songbird hides in the chimney and when she comes out, is now a blackbird. The Days of the Blackbird are the final three days in January, so cold that even the birds are hiding in chimneys from the wind.
I really enjoyed this one! I pulled this one randomly from the children’s section “culture”.