"'My father told me that when he was young he had traveled far from home' begins Haseley's original folk tale about a young man who celebrates life by making and flying elaborate kites. . . . The unusual and moving relationship between father and son will have special appeal for boys, although girls will also respond. . . . readers will be intrigued by the Kite Flier's magnificent and expressive kites".--Publishers Weekly. Full color.
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Grade 2-4 A picture book with a sophisticated theme that will be of limited appeal to children. The boy's narrative of his life and growth begins when his father "married the beautiful daughter of a farmer." A stoneworker by trade, the man began to fly beautifully crafted, highly imaginative, almost other worldly kites. When his wife died after the birth of their son, the man stopped making kites until the baby showed delight in a scrap of kite caught in the wind. Kites made then take on special meaning for both father and son, reflecting their changing relationship as the boy matures. Ultimately, the boy becomes a young man ready to travel in the world alone. Although the father first resists, together they create one gigantic kite made from all of the early kites. It and the young man are set free. The full-page illustrations extend onto the next page. Bordered in white, the text appears in broad white space on the left of each double page. The effect is an open, appealing format that showcases each carefully crafted, detailed watercolor. Rather than a picture book in which text and illustration extend the other, these paintings illuminate the quiet, introspective narration, adding an element of fantasy and nostalgia to it. The symbolism will not be understood by the young, although the book may have special appeal to an older audience. Maria D. Salvadore, District of Columbia Public Library
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This deceptively simple story concerns a boy raised to have an abiding love of kites; in PW 's words, "Wiesner's skillful and sensitive illustrations depict a timeless quality in the people and the landscape. And readers will be intrigued by the . . . magnificent and expressive kites." Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descrizione libro Aladdin, 1993. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110689716680
Descrizione libro Aladdin, 1993. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0689716680
Descrizione libro Aladdin, 1993. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 689716680