When Angelo is restoring an old church in Rome, he finds a small bird, barely breathing. Not being able to find somewhere safe to leave her, he has no choice but to take her home with him. Despite Angelo's 'professional dislike for pigeons', the pair become friends, and Angelo names the bird Sylvia. Eventually, Sylvia is able to repay Angelo's kindness by supporting him when he needs it most.
David Macaulay is an established author and illustrator - his books have sold over 2 million copies in the US alone and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. He is an alumni and faculty member of the Rhode Island School of Design. He has won numerous awards such as the Caldecott Medal, and was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and three of his books (Cathedral, Castle and Pyramid) have been made into popular PBS TV programmes.
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