Wrtitten by Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson with painting
by Caldecott winning illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon
A beautiful mandarin duck is captured and caged by a greedy lord
who wants to show off the bird''s magnificent plumage. But the wild
creature pines for his mate. When Yasuko, the kitchen maid,
releases the bird against her lord''s command, she and the one-eyed
servant, Shozo, are sentenced to death. The grateful bird intends
to return their kindness, but can he outsmart the cruel lord?
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for
Illustration, and a New York Times Best
Illustrated Children''s Book of the Year.