When Birds Could Talk & Bats Could Sing: The Adventures of Bruh Sparrow, Sis Wren, and Their Friends.
. The Blue Sky Press: Scholastic . NY ,
PZ8.1.H154 St 1996 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This is a lovely, charming book. The red cover is embossed with gilt feathers. Its frontispiece is a spectacular view of four birds with personality and strong attitudes. Its eight stories are told in mild dialect and have an etiological approach. Really cante fables containing some verse, they were first written down--and sometimes even created--by Martha Young. The stories touch on good traditional themes, as when wrens squabble over who owns a pumpkin too large for either of them to budge or when a young man wants to keep his dear, dying old horse from the buzzards. Moser's work is very strong. His birds all wear elegant hats! Beside the frontispiece, two of his best illustrations feature the bat with seven coats of feathers (10) and the conversation of Cardinal Red and Scarlet Red on a limb (52). An unsuspected treasure!