Wedding Birds

Jutta Ash, Author Atlantic Monthly Press $12.95 (28p) ISBN 978-0-87113-122-5
Winged wedding guestsparrot, peacock, nightingalewho've gathered to celebrate the nuptials of a blackbird and thrush, fill the pages of Ash's adaptation of a German folk song. Told in a lilting rhyme meant to be sung (a small score is included as a preface), the story moves from one bird to another as each contributes to the fanfare: ""The Dove, who has composed a sonnet,/ Sings, then hands the bride her bonnet.'' The merriment is quelled by a lack of boisterous movement within the pictures; we see close-ups of the cast of characters but the imagery seldom expands to include the entire party or its whereabouts. Some young readers may find the scenes jumbled. Ages 48. (April)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1987
Release date: 01/01/1987
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