Peter and the Pigeons

Peter and the Pigeons

by Charlotte Zolotow, Martine Gourbault

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Elizabeth Bush
This gentle tale celebrates the beauty of the ordinary. Little Peter is fascinated by pigeons--the sounds of their cooing and their flapping wings, the feel of their pecking beaks, the soft colors of their feathers. His father, not unreasonably, believes that Peter will enjoy exotic animals even more. But after visiting zebras, polar bears, hippos, and other denizens of the city zoo, the youngster concludes that pigeons are still his favorites, precisely because of their familiarity. "I know their sounds and even the feel of their feathers," he explains. Gourbault masterfully incorporates the soft grays and browns and luminous blues and greens of pigeons' feathers throughout her color-pencil illustrations. And although Zolotow appropriately gives Peter the decisive last words of the text, Gourbault's final frame captures his father's sidelong glance at the birds as he observes them anew in light of his son's insistent admiration.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1st ed
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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