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Beautiful Blackbird

by Ashley Bryan

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After reading this story, I understand why it has won a Coretta Scott King award. The illustration to this story is so beautiful. It isn’t like what I am use to seeing. I feel like this story is a metaphor for any and every sort of difference, and how sharing what we have makes us all more beautiful. This is a very simple yet moving story. The story goes on about how beautiful a blackbird is and how all the beautiful colored birds are envious of him. It talks about how the blackbird drew stripes and lines on all of them. What I likes the most about this story is that it relates to students everyday life. Students are constantly surrounded with hundreds of different kids each day. The message that Ashley Bryan is trying to get across is a great idea. Everyone is beautiful even if they're different. He uses the different color birds to describe individuality. ( )
  Diana_94 | Jan 28, 2016 |
Cut-paper artwork illustrates this book and tells an adaptation of a Zambia folktale. I could see using this book in an art class by practicing the cut-paper art form. ( )
  Glorydaze | Nov 7, 2015 |
All the colorful birds admire the blackbird for his sleek, black coat in this African myth. When the black bird agrees to give the other birds some black markings, he reminds them to honor their differences and value inner wisdom.
  AimeeV | Oct 19, 2015 |
Beautiful Blackbird is considered the most beautiful bird in all of Africa. The other birds admire his color, and want some part of it for themselves. Blackbird generously shares what he has of his beautiful color, painting dots, stripes, and swirls on his friends.
  mlbailey77 | Apr 12, 2015 |
I think blackbird is meant for those who feel different from others. Here this bird lives with other birds but they are all similar to each other but very different from him. He is left alone for sometime but in the end proves you have to be yourself, do not try to copy others as the other birds beg to just like him. But blackbird knows better.
  josephumana | Mar 16, 2015 |
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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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