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The Swan's Gift

Brenda Seabrooke; Illustrator-Wenhai Ma

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ISBN 10: 1564029700 / ISBN 13: 9781564029706
Published by Candlewick, 1996
Used Condition: Used: Good Soft cover
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Title: The Swan's Gift

Publisher: Candlewick

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Good

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A farmer whose crops have failed because of drought cannot bear to shoot a beautiful magic swan, even to feed his starving family

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A magical reward follows a good deed-in this case, refraining from hunting-in this handsomely illustrated if somewhat formulaic picture book. Anton's wheat crop fails one season when no rain falls, and by winter, his family's food supply has dwindled to nothing. When he goes out hunting one cold night, he finds "a swan of such dazzling beauty that Anton could not look away." He decides that he cannot possibly kill this magnificent creature for food, no matter how desperate his family's plight, and the swan then circles above him, releasing drops of water that harden into diamonds. With her obvious, happy ending, Seabrooke (The Bridges of Summer) puts a sluggish spin on well-worn motifs; although her prose is graceful, the resolution is readily predictable. Ma's (illustrator of The Painted Fan) and Red Means Good Fortune) elegant, subtly-toned watercolor and pencil full-bleed art gives the book a classic, timeless look. Ages 4-up.
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