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Bill Cosby, author and comedian, teams up with illustrator Erika Cosby for a magical fable about friendship and staying true to yourself.
Three fanciful, stunt-performing birds -- Slipper, Feathers, and Hog -- are the starring attraction at Beach by the Rock. Because Feather looks "as if rainbow streams of light dance behind him" and has an amazing ability to catch fish, Slipper and Hog don't often get the spotlight with the crowds. Yet Hog "is the most daring" bird despite his unhandsome appearance. But when he tries to show off a bit too much, an injury leads to a serious discussion between him and Feathers about being friends instead of competitors: "'When we fly, we fly with each other. When we laugh, we laugh with each other. Those people don't know how to fly. They don't know our laugh.'"
With Erika Cosby's bold, multi-leveled illustrations to accompany him, Bill Cosby delivers a well-told, sensitive, and meaningful fable that will stick with readers. The author is a pro at speaking intelligently to young audiences without mincing words or getting preachy, giving kids -- along with teachers and parents looking for a springboard for discussions -- sage wisdom for reflecting on their own friendships. Matt Warner