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All the birds in the woods have nests as round and trim as baskets. All except one - Tanglebird. The other birds complain so loudly about his tangled nest that they force him to find another place to build his home. In his search, Tanglebird goes to the big city, where he gets knotted in a group of kite strings. A little girl named Gina saves him from the tangle, takes him home, and teaches him how to play cat's cradle and how to tie knots and bows. Tanglebird returns home with some colored string from Gina and weaves the neatest, most beautiful nest in the forest. Bernard Lodge's vividly colored illustrations and lively text show how plenty of determination and the help of a good friend can unravel even the most elaborate tangles.

Unable to build a tidy nest without making a mess, Tanglebird goes to the city and learns how to make wonderful tangles and knots.

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"Lodge's gentle story captures love's amazing transformative power. Gina's attention subtly molds Tanglebird's weakness into strength without compromising his free spirit." School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Run out of the woods by scolding bird neighbors who deplore his messy nest, clumsy Tanglebird flies to the city. He makes several disastrous attempts to scavenge materials for a new home, accidentally ensnaring a bewildered woman in her own knitting yarn, turning a running hose on an aghast gardener and then getting himself hopelessly entangled in multiple kite strings. After a kind child schools the bumbling bird in tying bows and knots, weaving and playing Cat's Cradle, Tanglebird returns to his tree and fashions a dazzling nest, showing up his critics. Unfortunately, Tanglebird's scornful colleagues never offer him the praise or apology he deserves, so the story is not tied up as carefully as is his nest. Lodge's illustrator of Grandma Went to Market merry, rustic prints have moments of slapstick humor, and make wonderful use of pattern, subtly flattening foliage, clothing and freeways. They take their palette from Tanglebird's colorful plumage, but have a gently faded look, with the black of the prints appearing as a charcoal gray. The occasional Briticism in this import is unlikely to prevent readers from getting tangled up in this tale, combining as it does endearing klutziness and at least a glimmer of one-upmanship. Ages 4-8. Mar.
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PreS-Gr 3While all the other birds build nests as neat as baskets, Tanglebird's creation is an eyesore. His neighbors pressure him to clean up the mess, screeching so loudly that they scare him right out of his nestand out of the woods. He flies to a new life in the city, immediately searching for new nesting material. Wool seems intriguing, but he makes an enormous tangle as he tries to snatch some from a knitter. Next, a rubber hose catches his eyebut this only leads to a similar jumble, this time with the park keeper. Colorful kites give him the idea to build a nest of ribbons. Of course, he is the one who ends up in the snarl. A sympathetic kite flier, Gina, extracts him from the wreckage and takes him home to recover. With the girl's patient coaching, Tanglebird blossoms into an expert weaver and longs to perfect his skills in the woods. Gina gives him a bundle of colored string and waves good-bye. Back home, Tanglebird weaves a multicolored nest that is "strong and warm and neat as a basket, but much more beautiful!" Lodge's gentle story captures love's amazing transformative power. Gina's attention subtly molds Tanglebird's weakness into strength, without compromising his free spirit. Bold woodcuts colored with soft pastels make this title's presentation as appealing as its message.Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
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Detailed woodcuts colored in soft pastels add visual interest to this didactic story. All the birds in the woods make nests as neat as baskets—all except Tanglebird, whose efforts result in a tangled mess. When the other birds ridicule Tanglebird, he flies off to the city where he believes he's found new materials for his nest: yarn (he snarls up a knitter), rubber hoses (he ensnares the park keeper), and kite string (he ensnares himself). A girl named Gina untangles him and takes him home, where he loves the spaghetti and learns to tie knots and bows, do up shoelaces, and weave. Upon his return to the woods, his woven nest is the most beautiful of all. The look of the book is quite striking, with the tangles of twig, wool, hose, and string perfectly traced in the art. The lesson about channeling chaos into creativity may be somewhat muted, but manipulated; children will like Tanglebird's triumph over those who once mocked him.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395845431
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Pages: 16
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Lodge is an award-winning graphic designer whose interest in woodcut prints led him to create children's books, including Tanglebird, and to illustrate, among others, Grandma went to Market, written by Stella Blackstone. He lives in Surrey, England.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    kids loved it

    after borrowing this book from the library, our kids fell in love with tanglebird. it's a prompt for a discussion on self-esteem and perseverence with the kids.

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