The Greedy Sparrow by Lucine Kasbarian
An Armenian Tale

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2013 Nautilus Awards Silver Winner in the Children's Picture Books Category

Once there was a sparrow who caught a thorn in his foot. When a kind baker removes the thorn, the sparrow tricks her into giving him some bread. Each time the sparrow meets new people, he tricks them out of bigger and better things. Will the sparrow’s greed get the best of him? Through this endearing Armenian folktale illustrated with mixed media, readers will learn that people who engage in dishonest or selfish behavior may end up losing whatever they gained because of that behavior. The Greedy Sparrow was selected as a 2012 Honor Book by the Storytelling World Awards Committee.

 

About Lucine Kasbarian

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Lucine Kasbarian lives in Belmont, Massachusetts Maria Zaikina lives in Moscow, Russia Federation
 
Published May 14, 2012 by Two Lions. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Victim becomes victimizer in this tale inspired by an Armenian fable.

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When a sparrow with a thorn in his foot receives kindnesses from strangers, he intimidates each of them into giving him something he desires. By book's end, the sparrow sings about his wheeling and de

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Zaikinas's lost-wax illustrations resemble thick-lined woodcuts and adroitly portray events that might daunt modern readers, as when the bridegroom decides to slaughter the dolefully funny sheep for kebabs, or agrees to give up his bride to the sparrow—a scene in which the sparrow carries the s...

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When a kind baker removes the thorn, the sparrow tricks her into giving him some bread.

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