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The Bear and the Bird King

Grimm Brothers; (Retold and Illustrated by Robert Byrd)

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ISBN 10: 0525451188 / ISBN 13: 9780525451181
Published by Dutton Juvenile, 1994
Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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First Printing; Signed by illustrator with hand-drawn sketch ; 1.11 x 9.13 x 6.57 Inches; 32 pages; Signed by ILLUSTRATOR. Bookseller Inventory # 266756

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Title: The Bear and the Bird King

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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In a little-known Brothers Grimm tale, when a grouchy bear sparks a feud between air and land animals, he must apologize for his mischief.


In a little-known story from the Brothers Grimm, retold and illustrated by Robert Byrd, a great war is about to begin. The nestlings of the bird king are insulted when the bear climbs to the top of the tree and proclaims, "Why, this doesn't look like a royal palace ... and you don't look like royal children, either. You look like plain old nasty children to me." This is more than a royal family can bear, so they gather all the creatures of the sky, including bees, gnats, and other flying insects, to fight the bear and all the four-legged creatures that he's summoned for battle. Fortunately, the bird king is more clever than the opposition and comes up with a plan to foil his enemy and therefore avoid an all-out war. The illustrations are delightful, with birds attired in royal splendor and all the creatures donning plumed hats and fanciful clothes from days long gone.

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