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Redbird at Rockefeller Center Hardcover – October 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1st edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803722567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803722569
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,532,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3. When Kate's towering evergreen is chosen for the New York City Christmas season, she is heartbroken not at the loss of the tree, but of Redbird, a cardinal who lives at the top. Her mother cannot dissuade her and even a trip to the city doesn't help. It is only her tears and prayers on Christmas Eve that work the necessary magic to bring the thousands of artificial bird decorations on the tree to life. These concerned cardinals carry Redbird and his huge tree back to New Jersey in time for Christmas morning, and Kate finds real happiness in this environmentally appropriate but trite story. Told in a rhyme scheme reminiscent of, but not as clever as classic Dr. Seuss, this holiday story is mediocre at best. The story plods along in spite of staccato rhythm and the characters are more caricature than personality. The pencil-and-watercolor cartoon illustrations fill the pages with soft color, highlighted by numerous redbirds throughout. Save your holiday budget for another copy of "The Grinch."?Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

A nonsensical rhyming tale of an unusual Christmas adventure shows the persistence of a heartbroken little girl trying to rescue Redbird. Kate's mother, in a Marge Simpsonlike beehive, complains about the enormous pine growing higher than any tree among the rows of identical houses where she and her daughter live. She cruelly orders it cut down even though a bird may live there: ``About such creatures I don't give a pittance. That tree is going and I say good riddance!'' The lone bird nesting there and Kate are ``sadder than sad'' when the tree is moved to Rockefeller Center to serve as the Christmas tree at the skating rink. There the tree is decorated with hundreds of stuffed red birds, which come to life in a sort of Christmas miracle and carry the tree back to its former home (readers will have to assume that the saw cut that severed it from its roots will heal). Kate's mother finally admits that the tree must ``belong in our yard.'' A mediocre text comprised of tortured meter makes this no easier on readers than the forced plot, but the illustrations are full of humor in the exaggerated lines of cartoons, and in the homely details: hair curlers, puffy slippers, and Kate's omnipresent hair bow. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"When the humongous spruce in her yard is chosen to be Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree, young Kate is heart broken. But off it goes, with a newly hatched and very confused cardinal hidden in its branches. Energetic cartoon scenes, festooned with feathery splashes of cheery red, reflect the story's quick pace and tongue-in-cheek charm perfectly. Beyond this picture-book's New York City setting and its value as holiday reading, the birds' mass cooperation creates a natural link with Leo Lionni's Swimmy (1963)." Booklist, 11/97
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By A Customer on August 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"Redbird at Rockefeller Center shows what can happen when two authors/illustrators have wonderful imaginations. Peter Maloney and Felicia Zekauskas have created a hilarious tale sure to bring lots of holiday cheer. The verse is full of rhyme and flows naturally. The rest is non-stop humor. The laughter factor is enhanced by the whimsical illustrations Maloney and Ms. Zekauskas create. Check out the lady's hair; it's a sight to behold. Youngsters and the young at heart will chuckle at this tale. This is a title you won't want to miss." Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/97
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By A Customer on December 22, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely charming! The comparisons to Dr. Seuss are warranted -- the prose is so much fun to read, and combined with the adorable characters, the story comes vividly to life.

I've always felt that New York City was a magical place during the holidays. Now, I know why. I'm never going to look at that big tree the same way again. I think all children who meet "Redbird" will want to read this book every day of the year, not just during December. I know I do!
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By A Customer on August 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"Written entirely in rhyme, this witty poem has a sweet environmental message and enough droll humor to keep parents amused through many readings. And the illustrations are hilarious; Kate's mother undoubtedly has the tallest hair in storyland." Miami Herald, 12/97
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