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Beautiful Blackbird

By Marigny Dupuy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Retelling of African tale will engage kids.

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This ode to black, the most inclusive color of all, is satisfying in many ways. The story is an old one brought to new life by the author. Told in the best traditional storytelling fashion, the author uses repetition and rhythm to great effect. Rhyme is woven discreetly into the text and there are short poems within the storyline.

Ashley Bryan's cut-paper collage artwork is in an array of interesting muted colors -- from maroon and pink to green, blue, orange, gold, and, of course, black. The figures are lively and incredibly expressive. Young children will enjoy the colors, the spirited pictures, and the fun of the lilting text.

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