Timothy is left behind with his morose uncle while his parents go off on an expedition to avert an environmental crisis. Missing them terribly, he makes a wish on a star that ends up in disaster - a blizzard that won't quit. Tim, his friends the sparrows, and an explorer team up to stop the snow.
The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong
Extraordinary Birds by Sandy Stark-McGinnis