Title: Kingdom of Singing Birds -- SIGNED by ...
Publisher: Kar-Ben, Rockville, Maryland, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1993
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Illustrator
Hard Cover -- SIGNED by illustrator -- VG/VG -- Book and dust jacket are clean and bright -- Color illustrations throughout. Bookseller Inventory # 312683
Synopsis: Booby and cuckoo, quetzal and coot...The palace aviary is filled with rare, exotic, and beautiful birds. But the king cannot get them to sing. Nor can his cooks, craftsmen, or jesters. Then wise, gentle Rabbi Zusya is summoned. He knows the answer and persuades the king to do what is right. A warm and musical tale with a visual feast of colorful birds. Full color.
From Publishers Weekly:
A new king inherits a magnificent royal aviary in which dwell birds from all over the world, beautiful but utterly silent: "Treebirds and seabirds, red, green, and blue / Shorebirds and snowbirds, so lovely to view / From India, Arabia, the wide world around / A rainbow of colors--but alas, not a sound!" The king tries everything to bring forth birdsong--special gustatory treats, a jewel-bedecked mansion of a birdcage, magicians and musicians, witches and clowns. Nothing works until a soft-spoken rabbi gives the solution: "If you want your birds to sing, you must let them go free." Unlike many folktales which demand all-or-nothing faith from their heroes, this unusually gentle story allows the king's faltering trust to grow by degrees. Letting one bird escape, he hears its song. A few more swell the chorus. Finally, the monarch frees the entire aviary, causing a crescendo of music within the kingdom. Written in occasionally lilting prose with a few verse passages, Aroner's text draws on Hasidic lore about the wise and benevolent Rabbi Zusya. Haas's light-washed, often mystical watercolors sustain the mood, more meditative than venturesome. A philosophically substantial read, the book mirrors the simplicity of its main character. Ages 5-8.
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