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I AM DODO by Kae Nishimura


Not a True Story

by Kae Nishimura & illustrated by Kae Nishimura

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 2005
ISBN: 0-618-33614-1
Publisher: Clarion

This fanciful tale, chock-full of worthy messages about freedom and friendship, belief and determination, may appeal more to adults than to preschoolers. Despite the destruction of its habitat and the deaths of all of its fellow creatures, one Dodo “quicker and smarter than the others” manages to survive. After traveling the world, Dodo settles in New York. Most people are too busy to notice. Those that do simply don’t believe their own eyes. But one elderly professor believes—and tries to capture Dodo to prove his existence to the world. Dodo eludes capture, but comes to enjoy the professor’s companionship and acknowledgement. When the professor finally gives up his efforts to cage Dodo, the two become fast friends. Flat, child-like watercolors in subdued tones show a busy city and a round, clever, quizzical bird. Small vignettes alternate with single- and double-page spreads and keep the story flowing smoothly despite the enormous ground covered. Dodo’s understated charms may not find a wide audience, but some listeners, like the professor, will be only too happy to believe. (Picture book. 3-6)