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Author: Ashley Bryan Narrator: Myra Lucretia Taylor Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2018 ISBN: 9781428198692
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Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan adapted this charming tale from a story told by the Ilaspeaking people of Zambia. All the birds in the forest are jealous of Blackbird, whose black feathers glisten and shine colorfully in the sunbeams. The other birds are a single color from head to foot, and none of them have even a spot of black on their feathers. Blackbird tells them that true color is on the inside, but still the birds long for black feathers. So Blackbird brews a batch of blackening to decorate all his friends.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 2/18/2014

    " this book was interesting the moment i looked at the cover. the first thing that came to my mind was the bird on the front looks like a reference of some symbol that is on anther book and maybe it has to have a meaning almost like it. well when i started to read the book i was amazed to learn that it talked about how each bird is different and how they came to receive their different colors and shapes. but in the long run i knew that the bird on the cover was just a picture and that there was no way the two books could be related so i took it from there and just kept on reading. Beautiful Blackbird was a favorite from the start i would recommend this book to all people who like to understand where and why almost everything is different and where creation is born. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/14/2014

    " bird, color, generous, gift, sharing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/29/2014

    " Very beautiful story. Great illustrations. Ashley Bryan is the author of Beautiful Blackbird and many other great picture books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/26/2014

    " Lovely book about the source of true beauty "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 1/23/2014

    " I had a hard time understanding if the author meant for the book to really just be about colors or if they were trying to convey a deeper meaning about uniqueness and individualism. Either way, I wasn't too impressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 1/22/2014

    " It also shows children that everyone is the same no matter what their color on the outside is, and that it is only the inside that matters. It is easy to read along and has a few rhymes that make it an enjoyable read. The illustrations seem to have a sort of cut out look and uses paper collage to create a look children will love. It was also very colorful which kept my attention. I would recommend this book to teachers to emphasize to children that all colors are beautiful.The pictures are wonderful and crafty looking. I like that message that it portrays, and the message I got out of this book is that colors are colors, we are all beautiful no matter what color we are, and our beauty comes from within. This is a great message for children so they can realize that everyone and everything is beautiful and we should not pass judgement on anything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynesha | 1/6/2014

    " This is my all-time favorite book! In the beginning, the book gives the reader a taste of history from the perspective of Africa. Throughout the book, the blackbird is imitated by all the colored birds and they all want a hint of black on their feathers. Ringdove and blackbird give the birds black coloring but also teach the colored birds that they are special and unique as they are! This is something I realized as a child, although I wanted to be just like my sister I eventually realized that I was great being my own self. This book is perfect for a thematic unit because teachers can use the text to relate to multiple subjects and activities. For example, using math, the teacher can instruct students to count all the birds throughout the story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 1/4/2014

    " A folktale from Rhodesia about how the crow became black. Ashley Bryan's bold, colorful illustrations were perfect for the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 10/24/2013

    " CORETTA SCOTT KING AWARD FOR ILLUSTRATOR (2004) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 10/19/2013

    " Tale from Zambia. Colorful illustrations (cut paper collage), rhythmic text. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 10/3/2013

    " Thought this would be a good book for the students that have a bad image about their skin color. It won an award calledCoretta Scott King Award. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 9/12/2013

    " It was cool that the pictures were cutouts, and when the colorful birds got black markings, they looked different. But I only really liked the pictures. I didn't really get the point of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/3/2012

    " Ashley Bryan wrote and illustrated this book. It is a story of the Ila people. The colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his 'blackening brew'. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/19/2012

    " well dis book is about a bird dat is black and even though he is black everyone likes him for who he is.the other birds said that he is the most beautifull bird out there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/17/2012

    " This is a book that just cries out to be read aloud. "Beak to beak, peck, peck, peck, Spread your wings, stretch your neck". The illustrations are unmatched, the story is attributed to the Ila people in the LOC notes. And that a mother's scissors could provide such inspiration! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daeneese | 9/22/2011

    " Interesting twist on black bird. Some cultures think that black birds are good luck and beautiful. I personally like the colorful ones. The story is a good way to learn about sharing gifts. "

About the Author

Ashley Bryan grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and he has shared the joy of song with children ever since. A beloved illustrator, he was recently named a Newbery Honoree for his picture book, Freedom Over Me. He has also been the recipient of the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award; the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award; has been a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer; a Coretta Scott King Award winner; and the recipient of countless other awards and recognitions. His books include Freedom Over Me; Sail Away; Beautiful Blackbird; Beat the Story-Drum, Pum Pum; Let It Shine; Ashley Bryan’s Book of Puppets; and What a Wonderful World. He lives in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine.

About the Narrator

Myra Lucretia Taylor is an award-winning actress who has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, in many theaters across the country, and internationally. Her television and film credits include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Atlanta, The Big Sick, Bushwick, and Catfight.