While visiting his grandparents in the country, Mike finds an abandoned baby bird, takes care of him until he learns how to fly, and makes an important discovery about when to let go.
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PreSchool-Grade 3-- This book is more a tribute to Romare Bearden's accomplishments as an artist than as a picture-book illustrator. The slight story takes place during the summer, when a boy visits his grandparents on their rural farm. Mike helps his grandparents perform their daily chores, and then, while off exploring, he finds a baby cardinal. He nurses it to fledgling status, and then sets it free, despite his desire to keep it as a pet. The story teaches kindness to wild animals both by caring for those in need and by respecting their freedom. While the story is ordinary, the illustrations are unusual. African-American Bearden here adapts a mural style to the smaller stage of the children's book. His vivid watercolors are both primitive and abstract, touching both abstract and native African roots. In spite of the exuberance of the pictures, it is sometimes difficult to tell the subject from the background, which may be troubling to younger readers. More striking in depth of color and more rural than Ezra Jack Keats' portrayal of black American child life, the illustrations here have a greater authenticity as true expressions of Afro-American artistic accomplishment, and are worth having in spite of some of the difficulties in interpreting the pictures. --Ruth K. MacDonald, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN
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Book Description Harper and Row, 1989, U.S.A., 1989. Cloth. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Romare Bearden (illustrator). Second Printing. oblong children's picture book, high energy and rhythmic paintings by Romare Bearden illustrate this island story, one of his last projects before he died and his only children's book, cloth bound, beautiful full color illustrations in watercolors, a great addition to any Romare Bearden collection, VF/ MINT in MINT DJ Size: Oblong. Bookseller Inventory # 14033
Book Description Harpercollins, 1989. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60228547
Book Description Harpercollins, 1989. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060228547
Book Description Harpercollins, 1989. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060228547