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Ashley Bryan is a brilliant storyteller, a fantastic artist, a talented poet, and one of the kindest human beings on the planet – all of which comes through in this triumphant celebration of a book. With gorgeous cut-paper illustrations he turns a classic Zambian tale of understanding, acceptance, and self-worth into a lively, rhythmic story and superb read-aloud. Kids will eagerly chime in with the refrain, clamor to create their own cut-paper stories, and recognize that the true message of this book is to love and appreciate both ourselves and one another. "Color on the outside is not what’s on the inside. …. Whatever I do/ I’ll be me and you’ll be you. " Check it out!
From Publishers Weekly Storyteller Bryan’s (What a Wonderful World) singular voice provides rhythm and sound effects throughout this musical adaptation of a Zambian tale. When gray Ringdove calls the other monotone birds together and asks, “Who of all is the most beautiful?” they all reply, “Blackbird.” They then encircle Blackbird, dancing and singing, “Beak to beak, peck, peck, peck,/ Spread your wings, stretch your neck./ Black is beautiful, uh-huh!/ Black is beautiful, uh-huh!” At the birds’ request, Blackbird agrees to paint black markings on them (with the blackening brew in his medicine gourd), but he warns Ringdove that it’s not the color black that will make them beautiful. “Color on the outside is not what’s on the inside….. Whatever I do/ I’ll be me and you’ll be you.” The message about inner beauty and identity becomes somewhat diluted by the closing song, in which the birds triumphantly sing, “Our colors sport a brand-new look,/ A touch of black was all it took./ Oh beautiful black, uh-huh, uh-huh/ Black is beautiful, UH-HUH!” But if the ending creates a bit of confusion, Bryan’s collages make up for it with their exhibition of colorful splendor and composition. Scenes of the rainbow of wings are outdone only by a lakeside view of their colors intricately “mirrored in the waters.” And Bryan’s lilting and magical language is infectious. Ages 3-7. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Beautiful Blackbird (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner) Hardcover – January 1, 2003 by Ashley Bryan (Author, Illustrator) Review
Shared this story with 5th grade students before a visit from the author. Although I have 5th graders, they were engaged in the rhyming patterns and said Blackbird has "swag. " I do not see this book as racist or exclusive, but rather promoting the black "race" and reminding everyone that black people have a lot to contribute. It also shows togetherness, yet being unique and believing in yourself. Would be a great story for Black History Month, or themes around differences and self-worth. -Read Reviews-
Love this artist and his gifted writing as well as his bold, beautiful, bright and brassy art work. My students will appreciate the Ashley Bryan books that I purchased. ..nearly all of them. I am a satisfied reader of Ashley Bryan’s books and will pass them on to friends, colleagues and fellow educators.
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