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Beautiful Blackbird

by Ashley Bryan

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A long time ago, the birds of Africa were all of many colors, except black. Only Blackbird was black. One day Ringdove calls a meeting of the birds, where they agree that Blackbird is the most beautiful. Ringdove asks Blackbird if he would color him black on his neck. Blackbird informs him that coloring himself on the outside won't make him like Blackbird on the inside, but agrees to color his neck. The next day, Ringdove gets his color, and the other birds ask for blackening, too. So, Blackbird agrees, and brushes his blackening brew on all of his bird friends, and they sang and danced all night, celebrating their brand-new looks.
  joycecafe | Aug 13, 2014 |
Beautiful Blackbird is a good story about the blackbird and it's importance to the Ila people. It tells the story of how the blackbird became different than all the other birds.
  Abdullah9000 | Aug 13, 2014 |
All the birds in Africa are colorful, except one particular bird, the blackbird. All of the other birds want to beautiful like blackbird because all the colors reflect off of blackbirds black shiny feathers. Blackbird agrees to paint black on all the birds but teaches them that true beauty comes from within.
  gfurth | Jun 12, 2014 |
I expected something more dramatic to happen in this book - that the birds wouldn't be happy after they'd changed their pattern, or that Blackbird would run out of ink leaving some birds out. I was pleasantly surprised that Blackbird was willing to paint black on the other birds without complaint, that there was just enough for everybody, and that the birds were all content.
  vsoler | Jun 8, 2014 |
This is a creative story on telling how birds became so distinct by trying to be the 'beautiful blackbird.' I love that the art is done by paper cut and how it discusses diversity and that everyone should appreciate their heritage.
  astares | May 24, 2014 |
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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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:33:30 -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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