Igor, The Bird Who Couldn't Sing

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It’s all about the joy of making music, and finding an appreciative audience.

Igor has a loud and distinctive voice, and he cannot sing in tune. He is drummed out of the Dawn Chorus for not being musical enough, so he takes singing lessons. But his teacher says that not only is he always out of tune, he has no rhythm either. Poor Igor. He goes off into the desert, where at least he can sing to himself without being asked to stop. He builds a nest on a big rock, and starts to sing. But the rock is in fact a gigantic bird – a Dodo – who likes his music so much it wakes up in order to join in.

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Satoshi Kitamura was born in Tokyo and worked in advertising there before moving to London in 1980. He won the Mother Goose Award for Angry Arthur. He is now one of the most distinguished illustrators in Britain.

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PreSchool-Grade 2–As winter melts away, the Dawn Chorus begins its heavenly tunes and an enthusiastic Igor joins in. Unfortunately, he is completely out of tune. He is horrified by his lack of talent and decides to take singing lessons with Madam Goose. She tries to help him feel the rhythm, but he can't. She tries to teach him to sing in tune, but he can't. A depressed Igor wanders off into the desert to escape a world full of music. One lovely evening, as he sits on a rock, he opens his beak and lets the music pour out. The rock moves and he realizes that it is actually a Dodo bird that just happens to love his music. This book is beautifully illustrated, in a quirky cartoon fashion, with splashes of color dancing around the pages to represent the music. The intended audience may not understand some of the terminology (He used a metronome and a tuning fork. He did scales, arpeggios, and études of all sorts), but as a whole the story flows nicely. This offering will show children that making music is a joyful experience, regardless of how it sounds.–Kristen M. Todd, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY
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