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Beautiful Blackbird (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner) Hardcover – January 1, 2003
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Basically, if you're giving it a low rating, the book either 1.) just wasn't for you, 2.) went over your head, 3.) upset you because you don't agree with the message that "Black is beautiful."
This book is an obvious allegory for African pride, at least to adults, though children may not understand the allegory. At the very least, the book is about celebrating your individuality and individual beauty, and perhaps little ones will come to see the deeper meaning as they grow older. The poetry and rhythm will capture the attention of young readers, and could prove useful in teaching to read as they grow older.
My only complaint: the artist mentions that the scissors shown on the endpapers were the ones her mother used in sewing and embroidery, and which she used in cutting the paper for the artwork. The seamstress in me cringed so bad, poor scissors. :(
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I know why this book won an award. It's very inspiring for all children of any color because it shows that beauty comes from the inside.Published 17 months ago by Austyn Ellenberger
This wonderfully told & illustrated story by Ashley Bryan is my gift to new babies and their families!Published 21 months ago by Angela of Color Me Purple
The best word to describe this book is "vibrant." The pictures are vibrant and full of life force, the words are vibrant, and the sentiments are vibrant. Read morePublished on July 3, 2014 by A reader
A beautiful book by a beautiful man, Beautiful Blackbird embodies the spirit of embracing all creatures. Read morePublished on July 3, 2014 by Tanya Lee Stone
I have read this book hundreds of times to countless delighted children, and I have heard Ashley Bryan perform it brilliantly for many, many audiences. Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Donna Isaacs, retired teacher, Islesford, ME