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Indigo returns home from a fishing trip and plays the beautiful song of the whale on his reed pipe to the whole village and, in doing so, convinces his father that his son's destiny is not with the family tradition of fishing but with music.
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Kindergarten-Grade 2?Indigo wants to be a musician, but his fisherman father insists that his son follow in his footsteps. In his anger, the man throws the child's ebony pipe into the sea. When Indigo must go fishing after his father becomes ill, his tame crow inexplicably brings him a magic pipe that holds all the colors of the rainbow. Far out to sea, the boy plays it and a whale surfaces. Indigo plans to charm the animal to shore, but other whales join in singing their song and drown out the instrument's tune. They carry the boy to different places to get him to stop playing, but Indigo refuses. Finally, no longer able to resist the pipe's charm, the whale is pulled to the shore. As she begins to die, all the colors of the world fade, and Indigo realizes he cannot find joy in his music if the whale can not make hers. In the end, the boy's father recognizes that his son has a different calling for his life. This unsatisfying parable lacks logic. The magical elements seem superimposed on the story to make it work, but they are not convincing. The characters are one-dimensional. The acrylic illustrations with intense colors evoke a tropical setting and capture its sunny warmth and the power of the sea. They are much more effective than the limp narrative.?Jane Gardner Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
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Book Description Bridgewater Books, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110816738025
Book Description Bridgewater Books, 1996. Condition: New. Geoffrey Patterson (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0816738025
Book Description Bridgewater Books, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0816738025