Tico and the Golden Wings

Tico and the Golden Wings

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by Leo Lionni
     
 

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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.

Overview

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 lovely, satisfying parable of beauty and generosity . . . richly evocative of Far Eastern Art.” —The New York Times

“The beauty of this book lies . . . in its luxury, its aesthetic, its gorgeous densely colored patterns of trees and ushes, and the birds themselves.” —The Boston Globe

“Children will take the hopes and wishes of the little bird born without wings to their hearts. . . . A lovely book, and one that cannot but leave a lasting impression.” —The Saturday Review

“Truly a beautiful book.” —McCalls

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
The little bird named Tico tells his story, ending with a moral to ponder. Although he was born without wings, Tico has friends who care for him, but he dreams of having wings of gold. One night, a wishingbird grants his wish, and he can fly on the golden wings. His friends, however, are angry with him because they think that he wanted to be different from them. Lonely, Tico flies until he meets a poor man, to whom he gives a feather to buy medicine for his sick child. He continues giving away other feathers to the poor, until all are gone, replaced with plain black. When he returns to his friends, they welcome him because he is "just like us," but Tico knows better. "We are all different. Each for his own memories, and each his own invisible golden dreams." This new edition retains all the visual impact of the first edition some 40 years ago. The pages are elegantly designed, combining sharply defined stencil-like shapes set against the white pages with an occasional double page covered with masses of small leaves. Textures of fabrics, baskets, and feathers add visual excitement. Stylization of natural forms adds to the fairy-tale quality. Tico's wings shine with gold from the jacket throughout the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394830780
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
02/28/1975
Series:
Pinwheel Books Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
279,629
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 8.87(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Leo Lionni, an internationally known designer, illustrator, and graphic artist, was born in Holland and lived in Italy until he came to the United States in 1939. He was the recipient of the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was honored posthumously in 2007 with the Society of Illustrators’ Lifetime Achievement Award. His picture books are distinguished by their enduring moral themes, graphic simplicity and brilliant use of collage, and include four Caldecott Honor Books: Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. Hailed as “a master of the simple fable” by the Chicago Tribune, he died in 1999 at the age of 89.

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Tico and the Golden Wings 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
katineS More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent. My 3-year old loves it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most wonderful books for children and adults for that matter that I have read in a long time. I loved the play put on at the Eric Carle Museum bringing the characters to life. My 3 yr. old grandson was fascinated by the wondeful Wishing Bird. Anne in NoHo.