Tico and the Golden Wings

Tico and the Golden Wings

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by Leo Lionni
     
 

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All Tico the wingless bird wants is a pair of golden wings to carry him up over the mountaintops. But when Tico's wish is granted, none of his friends will talk to him. What's so wrong with being different? Tico wonders all alone. One day Tico helps a crying man by giving him one of his golden feathers. A black feather appears in its place. Each day he gives a… See more details below

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All Tico the wingless bird wants is a pair of golden wings to carry him up over the mountaintops. But when Tico's wish is granted, none of his friends will talk to him. What's so wrong with being different? Tico wonders all alone. One day Tico helps a crying man by giving him one of his golden feathers. A black feather appears in its place. Each day he gives a feather away to someone in need until his golden wings are as black as India ink. When Tico returns to his friends, they are all relieved to see him. "Now you are just like us," they say. But Tico knows there is more to him than the color of his wings.

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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.
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780844666631
Publisher:
Smith, Peter Publisher, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Series:
Knopf Children's Paperbacks Ser.
Age Range:
6 - 9 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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