Rhino's good friends, the rainbow birds, leave him for better places to live, but they soon discover that beautiful places can have secret dangers.
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Illus. in full color. "A delightfully original fairy tale, Rainbow Rhino recounts the adventures of a rhinoceros and his three colorful avian companions. They lead a peaceful existence until they wander out of their territory, where new sights lure each bird away from his friends. Each finds that his own paradise contains dangers, and ultimately returns to the group. A satisfying contemporary fable, this is a special book to share aloud with preschoolers, for first and second graders to enjoy independently, and for adults to treasure as a beautifully illustrated, timeless tale."--School Library Journal.From School Library Journal:
10 Kindergarten-Grade 3 A delightfully original fairy tale, Rainbow Rhino recounts the adventures of a rainbow rhinoceros and his three colorful avian companions who live in a tropical valley. They lead a peaceful, contented existence until they wander out of their familiar territory, where new sights lure each bird away from his friends, until Rhino finds himself alone. Each friend finds that his own exotic paradise contains hidden dangers, and he ultimately returns to the comfortable friendship of the group. The moral implications are simple and sincere: the grass really isn't greener on the other side of the fence, and that true friendship is to be valued. Sis' stylized but sophisticated full-page drawings in muted tones with splashes of primary color, resembling old master stipple engravings, perfectly balance the spare prose and the quiet universality of the tale. Through its gentle humor, simple wisdom, and subtle sophistication, Rainbow Rhino is a satisfying contemporary fable. This is a special book for parents and librarians to share aloud with preschoolers, for first and second graders to enjoy independently, and for adults to treasure as a beautifully illustrated, timeless tale. Pamela Miller Ness, The Fenn Sch . , Concord, Mass.
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Book Description Julia MacRae, NY, 1988. Pictorial Boards. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dj. Author (illustrator). First UK Edition. Peter Sis' first "solo" book that he both wrote & illustrated; according to his literary agent, his favorite book. It is the story of a Rainbow Rhino who lives happily in a hidden valley with 3 rainbow birds who are his friends. One day, taking a longer walk than usual, each bird finds a lovely place suited to its own color & abandon the Rhino but each discover dangers & decide the best place to be is with the Rhino in the happy valley. A most beautifully illustrated book by CALDECOTT HONOREE & NEWBERY AWARD WINNER-SIS. Minor wear. OUT OF PRINT. Bookseller Inventory # 8544