The Nightingale by Hans Christian Andersen

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Following on the brilliant success of The Little Match Girl and his fourth Caldecott Honor Book, The Ugly Duckling, Jerry Pinkney brings us another enchanting adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. The Nightingale is the story of a plain little bird whose beautiful songs bring her great fame, even winning her an esteemed place in the king's court. Eventually, however, after saving the life of the king, the modest nightingale chooses to return to her peaceful life in the forest. Although the original tale is set in China, Jerry Pinkney decided to add a unique twist to his own adaptation by moving the setting to Morocco-and the resulting artwork is spectacular. The lush, elaborate watercolor illustrations feature the diverse peoples, rich costumes, and amazing architecture of Northwest Africa, making this version of The Nightingale a true picture book original!
 

About Hans Christian Andersen

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Jerry Pinkney recently won his fifth Coretta Scott King Award.
 
Published September 16, 2002 by Phyllis Fogelman Books. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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Testa should have pondered Andersen's moral: not only the opulence of the bejewelled clockwork nightingale, for whom the emperor banishes the real one, but its unfeeling artificiality as well is matched on every mechanically overdecorated page.

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Hot new illustrator Ibatoulline (Signs for Sale, p. 579, etc.) exchanges sentimental, Norman Rockwell–like realism for elaborate chinoiserie to go with a gently massaged version of Andersen's popular tale.

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Pinkney's (Goin' Someplace Special, 2001, etc.) gouache and watercolor illustrations have the stained radiance of sunlight through glass; even his figures appear lit from within.

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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 a

Jul 08 2002 | Read Full Review of The Nightingale

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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

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