THE WINTER BIRD by Catherine Burns


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Neither fish nor fowl is this heavily illustrated animal fable that is offered for all ages but too slight for a book-length story and too old (and gray) for a picture book. The bird, refusing to follow his flock south for the winter, takes shelter with some carousel horses who impress him with their songs and legends and unquestioning faith in tradition. When spring comes and he is torn between his old and his new companions, his favorite horse Featherfellow tells him, ""Do not weep, my dear friend. You are of the air and we are of the earth. You embrace change and hazard with joy and we exult in enduring."" Further sententious advice is forthcoming before the bird rejoins his own -- but it all adds up to horsefeathers.

Pub Date: June 8th, 1971
Publisher: Windmill Books