Saturday, January 17, 2009
Written and Illustrated by: Ashley Bryan
"In Beautiful Blackbird, Bryan has adapted a folktale from the Ila-speaking people of Zambia. His rhythmic and often-repeated “black is beautiful, uh-huh” message of self-acceptance and tolerance emphasizes that beauty comes from within.
“Bryan’s vividly colored, silhouetted birds using simply-cut paper collage combines with the rhythm of the lively text to offer a satisfying read aloud,” Jeter said. “’Beautiful Blackbird’ incorporates all the colors of the rainbow, adding to the message that there is room for all of us to fly together.”
American Library Association Review
Coretta Scott King Award Book for Illustration, 2004