FISH AND FLAMINGO by Nancy White Carlstrom

FISH AND FLAMINGO

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A carefully constructed story about a singular friendship. Carlstrom's poetically honed text tells how Fish and Flamingo share descriptions of their lives (``how it felt to...float free into the light of a star shining on the edge of a wave''), rescue each other (rather implausibly), and dream of exchanging gifts of particularly beautiful sights--dreams that come true when Flamingo flies away, since (in trying to watch her go) Fish and his fellows see a flamingo-hued sunset, while, looking down, Flamingo sees the silvery fish gleaming like stars. As an explication of the idea that joy may be found in openhearted friendship, even with a natural enemy, the story is effective. Desimini's oil paintings add a lot to the child appeal: the tropical sea and brilliantly colored bird and fish are perfectly served by her sculptural modeling and rich palette of deep blues, luminous greens, and sunset colors. A bit earnest, but truly handsome: Desimini at her best. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-316-12859-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1993




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