The Magpie Song

Laurence Anholt

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1996
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Synopsis: Written around the traditional rhyme "The Magpie Song," this story is told through letters ex-changed between a young girl and her grandfather. Carla writes of her dad's struggle to find work, and Grandad's letters often contain riddles about the birds in his yard.

From Booklist: Ages 5^-8. Picture books often fail because they have no story to tell; here, there is almost too much story and metaphor in a melancholy mystery that is far from the cheery toddler books Anholt does with his wife, Catherine. The old riddle "One for sorrow, two for joy . . . Seven for a secret never to be told" is dramatized in a contemporary story told in letters between a child in the city and her grandfather in the country. High up in her apartment on a noisy street, she's lonely and worried because her father has no job: will they soon be homeless? Grandad is lonely, too, and he's ill. He tells her about a family of magpies he's watching and about a secret he's leaving her. The bold acrylic illustrations contrast the urban and country scenes and emphasize the vitality of the birds and the connection between the letter writers. Kids may be puzzled by what is not spelled out in the story, but some may want to fill in the spaces for themselves. What is the secret never to be told? Hazel Rochman

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Title: The Magpie Song
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 1996
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