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Kingdom of Singing Birds -- SIGNED by illustator Shelly Haas

Aroner, Miriam / Haas, Shelly O.

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ISBN 10: 0929371437 / ISBN 13: 9780929371436
Published by Kar-Ben, Rockville, Maryland, U.S.A., 1993
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Hard Cover -- SIGNED by illustrator -- VG/VG -- Book and dust jacket are clean and bright -- Color illustrations throughout. Bookseller Inventory # 312683

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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

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When his collection of rare and exotic birds refuses to sing, the king calls wise Rabbi Susya for help

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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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