Format: Picture Books
Dimensions: 40 Pages, 9.45 × 10.24 × 0.39 in
Published: January 1, 2003
Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0689847319
ISBN - 13: 9780689847318
From the Publisher
Black is beautiful, uh-huh!
Long ago, Blackbird was voted the most beautiful bird in the
forest. The other birds, who were colored red, yellow, blue, and
green, were so envious that they begged Blackbird to paint their
feathers with a touch of black so they could be beautiful too.
Although Black-bird warns them that true beauty comes from within,
the other birds persist and soon each is given a ring of black
around their neck or a dot of black on their wings -- markings that
detail birds to this very day.
Coretta Scott King Award-winner Ashley Bryan''s adaptation of a
tale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia reso-nates both with
rhythm and the tale''s universal meanings -- appreciating one''s
heritage and discovering the beauty within. His cut-paper artwork
is a joy.
About the Author
Ashley Bryan has been writing and illustrating
children''s books for thirty years, as well as making puppets,
creating stained-glass panels out of sea glass, and gardening. Over
the years he has lectured widely and appeared at schools and
colleges across the country. He won the Coretta Scott King Award
for Illustration for Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum, and
Lion and the Ostrich Chicks: And Other African Folk Tales
and Ashley Bryan''s ABC of African-American Poetry were
Coretta Scott King Honor Books. He lives on Cranberry Island in