"It's like the song of a bird I recall from long ago, a tiny yellow bird with a voice like dancing water. Strange. I'd forgotten all about that bird, how she's wake me every morning at dawn, when I was still curled safely in my mother's nest."
The One and Only Ivan - Patricia Castelao, Katherine Applegate

I chose this quote because it brought to life the setting that the character's remember.  I enjoy the simile for the bird's voice; it seems so peaceful.  It is very different from the setting where the characters are currently: a zoo.  I think perhaps the characters remember the setting a little more fondly than it actually was.