A graceful and humorous retelling of a Hans Christian Andersen classic. The Emperor of China lives in the most marvellous palace in the world, made completely of porcelain, and his garden is full of the rarest flowers. Yet loveliest of all, say visitors to his realm, is the song of the nightingale in the forest by the sea. The Emperor has never ...
A graceful and humorous retelling of a Hans Christian Andersen classic. The Emperor of China lives in the most marvellous palace in the world, made completely of porcelain, and his garden is full of the rarest flowers. Yet loveliest of all, say visitors to his realm, is the song of the nightingale in the forest by the sea. The Emperor has never heard this nightingale, and even his courtiers, searching far and wide, cannot find her. It takes a gentle kitchen maid, true of heart, to draw the humble nightingale to court. The Emperor is enchanted by the bird's sweet song - until a bejewelled version with a mechanical tune arrives. Will the mighty ruler learn too late the value of what is simple and genuine?
Publishers Weekly, 2002-10-14 The exquisite jacket-which features delicate red lettering on a damask-patterned gold background and a cutout revealing a painting of a nightingale-sets up high expectations, and both Mitchell (The Frog Prince) and Ibatoulline (Crossing) meet them. Elaborate, harmonious watercolors pay homage to the flat style of Chinese brush paintings with iconic fidelity; brilliant interiors crammed with architectural and sartorial details alternate with muted landscapes and ancient, unchanging rocks and trees. The illustrations sometimes appear in several long panels set side by side, like scrolls hung on a wall. Mitchell's language is light and melodic: just as Death is about to claim the Emperor, "the whole room filled with the most beautiful singing. It was the nightingale, perched on a branch right outside the window. She had heard about the Emperor's sickness and had come to bring him hope and comfort with her song." In one panel, the bird perches on a gnarled pine branch above the ornate porcelain curlicues and red tiles of the imperial palace; the next shows the reviving Emperor, his crown askew and his brocade robes creased, raising himself up to hear the voice of his loyal friend as the specter of Death departs. This volume has a more formal elegance than Jerry Pinkney's recent The Nightingale, and it is just as impressive. Ages 6-10. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2007-01-15 The Nightingale Hans Christian Andersen, retold by Stephen Mitchell, illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline. Candlewick, $6.99 ISBN 978-0-7636-2406-4. ~ "Mitchell's language is light and melodic," PW wrote. "Elaborate, harmonious watercolors pay homage to the flat style of Chinese brush paintings with iconic fidelity." Ages 6-10. (Dec.)n Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-07-08 Pinkney (The Ugly Duckling) sets this retelling of Andersen's classic tale in Morocco instead of the original China, inspiring a score of lush illustrations and a fresh, piquant narrative. The tale of a king who learns humility from a kitchen girl and a "little, plain, simple" bird unfolds with familiar grace. Pinkney incorporates such atmospheric details as traditional Moroccan fare (mint tea and "pastries made with honey and almond milk") into his smooth prose. He also makes a few concessions to younger readers: when the nightingale's mechanical rival breaks, the emperor eventually turns to "the Great Fixer-of-All-Things" (instead of Andersen's watchmaker), and when the king slips into a decline, he introduces Death as "Old Man Death." He fills his watercolors, rendered in lines as loose and fluid as his characters' beautiful garments, with such exotic touches as palm trees, camels and a pet monkey, and evokes the country's gorgeously ornate architecture and ethnically diverse inhabitants. The sumptuous treatment will easily please Pinkney's many admirers. Ages 5-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 1988-09-30 Luminescent paintings accompany a faithful retelling of Andersen's popular story. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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