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Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan

Beautiful Blackbird

by Ashley Bryan

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This book was very bright, colorful, and contrasting at the same time. I loved the illustrations and the elegance of the blackbird. I want the blackbird to prevail in convincing them that they are beautiful on their own, however, it also felt right that he had enough for every last bird.
  Cara_M | Jun 12, 2017 |
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  mikeswanson | Apr 25, 2017 |
This wonderful book has a tale about Blackbird was a beautiful bird in the forest. The other color birds convince Blackbird to paint their feathers black so they could be beautiful too. Blackbird explains them that beauty comes from inside and not the color of the feathers. This tale is based on the people of Ila and speaks to Zambia reso-nates because she uses different rhythm and this story has an universal meaning because she appreciated the people’s heritage.
  hildaalcaraz | Feb 22, 2017 |
The Coretta Scott King Award winning book, which is based on a tale originally told in Zambia, is about birds of all colors that see the blackbird as the most beautiful of birds. All the other birds want to be like the blackbird, but he can see that beauty is what's on the inside. The book teaches its readers that true beauty comes from within. This would be a great book to use in a classroom to encourage students to be proud of who they are and to express themselves. ( )
  Eayyad | Feb 8, 2017 |
I enjoyed this book because the language was very descriptive. This books is about a blackbird who is the only blackbird in a group of multi-colored birds. They all agree that black is the most beautiful color, and they all want some black on their feathers. So blackbird agrees to paint some black markings on all of the birds. He states, "We'll see the difference a touch of black can make. Just remember, whatever I do, I'll be me and you"ll be you." The birds then responded with, "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!". The big idea behind this books is that is that true beauty comes from within someone. One's appearance does not determine if he/she is beautiful. ( )
  breannaamos | Nov 1, 2016 |
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Blackbird is the most envied bird in the forest. All the other birds think that he is the most beautiful with all his wonderful black feathers. They are not satisfied with their plain red, yellow, blue, and green feathers. The other birds beg Blackbird to give them some of his beauty; to paint some of their feathers black. Blackbird decides to share some of his "blackening brew" with the others. But he makes sure to state that no matter how many black marks he gives the other birds that he will still be himself and that they will still be themselves. A quote that is repeated throughout the story, “I’ll still be me, and you’ll still be you”. This book really emphasizes that true beauty comes from within.
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Black is beautiful, uh-huh!

Long ago, Blackbird was voted the most beautiful bird in the forest. The other birds, who were colored red, yellow, blue, and green, were so envious that they begged Blackbird to paint their feathers with a touch of black so they could be beautiful too. Although Black-bird warns them that true beauty comes from within, the other birds persist and soon each is given a ring of black around their neck or a dot of black on their wings -- markings that detail birds to this very day.

Coretta Scott King Award-winner Ashley Bryan's adaptation of a tale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia reso-nates both with rhythm and the tale's universal meanings -- appreciating one's heritage and discovering the beauty within. His cut-paper artwork is a joy.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:50 -0400)

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In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew."

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