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by | Read by Myra Lucretia Taylor

Children Ages 4-6 • 15 min. • Unabridged • © 2003

This lyrical and meaningful tale is adapted from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia. Blackbird's solid black coat glows in the African sunshine, making all of the other birds that surround him envious. They too want a touch of black on their too colorful plumes. Narrator Myra Lucretia Taylor imbues this rhythmic story with her gorgeous voice, distinctive enunciation, and bird sounds. When the birds unanimously declare Blackbird the most beautiful of all, they chant, "Black is beautiful, uh-huh . . ." Young listeners will be exposed to the many possibilities raised by the simple symbolism. The tale is also perfect for participation. It invites singing, chanting, and imitation of the bird interactions. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2008]

Trade Ed. • Recorded Books • 2007

CS ISBN 978-1-4281-4555-9 $15.95 • One cassettes

CD ISBN 978-1-4281-4559-7 $15.75 • One CDs

DD ISBN $1.95


Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2007

CS ISBN 9781428145542 $15.75 • One cassettes

CD ISBN 978-1-4281-4559-7 $15.75 • One CDs

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