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Tico and the Golden Wings

by Leo Lionni

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Summary: Tico is a little bird who was born without wings. One day, he was granted his dearest wish from the wishingbird and received a pair of golden wings. Tico is so happy to have beautiful wings to fly with, but his friends turn against him for being different and think that Tico wants to be better than them. This leads to Tico going on an adventure, meeting different people and helping those in need by giving them one of his golden feathers. Once Tico gives away a gold feather, a black one grows back in its place. Tico eventually returns home with all of his black feathers to be greeted and welcomed by his friends. Even though Tico looks like his friends now, he realizes that they are all unique and different according to their own experiences and memories.

Genre Critique: This is a good example of a fantasy, because there are several events in the story that could not be possible in the real world. It is not possible for birds to talk, receive golden wings from a "wishingbird", and interact with humans. However, the story still allows the reader to connect with the ideas presented in the book about sharing with others and problems of acceptance amongst friends.

Point of View Critique: This is a good example of a story told from first person point of view. As the story is told from this angle, the reader is allowed direct insight into Tico's personal thoughts, feelings, and actions. This adds depth to the story and helps the reader to identify and make a connection with Tico. This point of view also helps the story read smoothly and it is easy to understand, since it is just a simple retelling of an experience in his life only told from his perspective.
  rcreamer10 | Mar 6, 2013 |
Tico is a bird, who never had wings. He was never able to fly like his friends, and was bound to the ground. One special day, a wishing bird grants him one wish. Tico chooses to have beautiful golden wings, so he could finally be able to fly. When Tico presented his new wings to his friends, they insisted that Tico would no longer be able to join them. Feeling rejected, Tico decided to give his golden feathers to those more in need. One by one, he gave away his precious golden feathers until he was left with plain black wings. In the end, his friends allowed Tico to join them again. This story gives positive support to being giving and being generous, especially to those who are more in need. What I find discouraging in the story is the rejection that Tico had to face when he was given his golden wings. Tico's friends should have been accepting of him, wings or no wings. ( )
  BarrettOlivia | Sep 27, 2012 |
Media: paper collage
Age: Primary
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This book belongs to the fantasy genre because a wishingbird grants a wish to Tico the bird and makes Tico have golden wings. Tico's friends assume he is proud and stop being friends with him. ( )
  hwang11 | Mar 23, 2012 |
Genre: Fantasy
Review: This is a good example of fantasy because the story is about a bird who deals with friendship problems.
Character: Tico who is the main character is a round and dynamic character because in the end he changes in order to fit in with the other birds.
Media: Color pencil, pencil, watercolor
  abarajas09 | Mar 21, 2012 |
Tico has golden wings and is not accepted by his peers because Tico looks different. Tico travels and finds that his wings has special powers that helps people. So he gives his wings away and helps individuals, once all of his golden wings are gone his peers accept him.
  SarahLinfield | Mar 8, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0394817494, Hardcover)

Tico, a little bird born without wings, is one day granted his dearest wish. But the wings he gets are made of gold and his bird friends turn against him. “You think you are better than we are,” they say. What Tico does with his golden feathers—and the important lesson he learns—is a fable that children will take to their hearts.


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A wingless bird is granted his wish for a pair of golden wings.

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