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 Song of the nightingale
 Author: Landman, Tanya

 Publisher:  Candlewick Studio (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 29 cm

 BTSB No: 540477 ISBN: 9781536217681
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Animals -- Fiction
 Nightingales -- Fiction
 Creation -- Fiction
 Painters -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

How did the nightingale get its golden voice? A beautiful creation story answers the question.

 Illustrator: Carlin, Laura

   School Library Journal (01/01/22)

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School Library Journal - 01/01/2022 K-Gr 3—This is a pourquoi tale about how the nightingale got its name and voice. Using nature as a backdrop for this timeless story, Landman crafts a picturesque forest setting with animals lining up to receive the perfect color from an anonymous painter who has noticed all the brilliance of the other aspects of nature. Carlin's pictures convey soft, watercolor images and childlike handmade drawings that enhance the story perfectly. The colorful hues bring the narrative to life, and the use of black, gray, and white give a creative balance to the story's plot. A painter uses each of the colors in her paintbox, one-by-one, for the fauna that has captured her attention. When it is the nightingale's turn, the only color left is a golden drop for the back of its throat. Combine with other origin stories, or inspire children to paint animals for their own reasons. Some may wish for more information about why the song of the nightingale brings joy to the painter, but the story of natural landscape and wildlife becoming aflame with color will serve story hours well. VERDICT Pair this with Kevin Henkes's Birds; the imaginative writing and use of color in Landman's tale will fuel lively discussions.—Tanya Haynes - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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