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The King of the Birds

Ward, Helen

ISBN 10: 1551680890 / ISBN 13: 9781551680897
Published by Bolton, ON, Canada: H. B. Fenn & Company, Ltd., 1997
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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H.B. Fenn 1997 First Edition, First Printing. VG+/VG+. Turquoise hardboards with black illustration; corners bent. Textblock clean, tight, square, gorgeous full-color illustrations on heavy-weight glossy paperstock. No marks, tears, or other signs of use. Glossy pictorial dust jacket with original price on flap; light signs of use (some flaring on edge, light folds, no splitting or tears.) Protected in clear archival Brodart wrapper. Packaged with care and shipped in a box to arrive in best condition. Complete satisfaction guarantee; no sale is final until you are satisfied. Bookseller Inventory # 120421-2

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Title: The King of the Birds

Publisher: Bolton, ON, Canada: H. B. Fenn & Company, Ltd.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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When chaos reigns among the birds, the oldest and wisest birds declare a contest to determine who will be their king.

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Kindergarten-Grade 4?This poetic retelling of a traditional tale is a feast for both the eye and the ear. Long ago, a grand gathering of all birds was called in order to choose a ruler. After much discussion and dissension, it was agreed that the bird that could fly the highest should be king. Without a moment's hesitation, the competitors burst forth into the sky, with the eagle soaring above them all. Just as the mighty bird reached its zenith, a tiny wren crept from beneath its feathers and rose even higher. Thus, the king was not only the highest flier but also the most clever among them. The tiny wren is a champion of choice for all children who hope to outwit their larger siblings and friends. Ward's brief and lyrical retelling works hand in hand with her glowing artwork to charm readers. The pen-and-ink illustrations colored with watercolors and gouache take full advantage of the spectacle and beauty of the avian world. Each vibrantly colored competitor sets forth from a clean white page and often breaks through the fine-lined borders and margins. An informative appendix lists all of the birds that appear, forming a veritable "Guinness Book of Avian Records." This version of the story is brighter, bolder, and briefer than the one by Shirley Climo and Ruth Heller (HarperCollins, 1991). Storytelling purists will quibble over the lack of source notes, but libraries won't want to pass on this gem.?Jeanne Clancy Watkins, Upper Merion Township Library, King of Prussia, PA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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