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I Wish I Were a Bird Hardcover – July 1, 1945
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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
From Publishers Weekly
A refreshing note of realism counters each wishful fantasy in this sweet quartet. In Bird, a girl thinks her life might improve if she could "fly with ease over houses and trees"; in Baby, she longs to "get kissed on my ears and my fingers and toes... [and] be carried by Daddy wherever he goes." (A boy is the protagonist in the remaining titles.) A logical mom foresees problems with the first scenario, however (food problems in winter, moisture problems in the rain), while the girl herself realizes the shortcomings of the second ("Do I really want to take a nap every single day?"). Cheery, round-faced characters populate Tharlet's cozy watercolors; the abundance of open space on many spreads imparts an attractive, uncluttered feel. Ages 3-5.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1?These small books are confections, reality sweetened with whipped cream. In all of them, winsome children react to distress or boredom by wishing that they were something else. Then they become aware of bothersome aspects of the idealized life and decide that the way they are "...isn't so bad after all." In Baby, a big sister thinks that her brother is getting unfair attention. Suddenly she remembers gooey baby food and forced naps. Bird features the same pig-tailed, fair-skinned girl leaving her cramped apartment balcony for the sensuous freedom of a high-flying bird. Her mother almost grounds her by pointing out the cold and scarcity of food in winter. But the child resolves, "I'll be a bird only on nice days." In Lion, a boy wishes he could have the power that lions hold over smaller creatures. Then he realizes how lonely he would be. When the same boy imagines being a Mouse, he escapes from his bossy mother?until she points out the dangerous cat. The rhyming, sugary stories are enhanced by playful cartoon drawings. Cheerful, pastel-toned watercolors with cherry-red details carry the children from reality through fantasy and back. Movement on every page, changes in viewpoint, and use of white space raise the books above the ordinary. Buy one? Buy 'em all? It depends on your quotient of calories.?Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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