From the Publisher
“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.