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Title:
The nightingale
Author:
Pinkney, Jerry.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Phyllis Fogelman Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Summary:
Despite being neglected by the emperor for a jewel-studded bird, the little nightingale revives the dying ruler with its beautiful song. A retelling set in Northwest Africa.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.6 0.5 59606.
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ISBN:
9780803724648
Format :
Book

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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!


Author Notes

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the best known figures in literature, is best know for combining traditional folk tales with his own great imagination to produce fairy tales known to most children today. The Danish writer was born in the slums of Odense. Although he was raised in poverty, he eventually attended Copenhagen University.

Although Andersen wrote poems, plays and books, he is best known for his Fairy Tales and Other Stories, written between 1835 and 1872. This work includes such famous tales as The Emperor's New Clothes, Little Ugly Duckling, The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus, Princess and the Pea, The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, The Nightingale, The Story of a Mother and The Swineherd.

Andersen's greatest work is still influential today, helping mold some of the works of writers ranging from Charles Dickens to Oscar Wilde and inspiring many of the works of Disney and other motion pictures.

Andersen, who traveled greatly during his life, died in his home in Rolighed on August 4, 1875.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

K-Gr. 4. For this version of Andersen's fairy tale "The Nightingale," Pinkney moves the story's setting from China to Morocco, omits some of Andersen's wry commentary on court manners, and changes a few details to suit the new setting. The result is a pleasing version of the classic, fresh in its interpretation but true to the spirit of the original. When the king of Morocco hears that the greatest wonder in his kingdom is the nightingale, he demands to hear the bird sing and is moved to tears by the beauty of the nightingale's music. But soon he and his courtiers are distracted by a jewel-encrusted, mechanical bird, warbling a similar tune. The nightingale flies away from the court, and is then banished from the kingdom. Five years later the dying king cries out for her music, and the loyal nightingale returns and repays the king's tears by singing a song so powerful that it causes Death to loosen his hold. Each double-page spread is illuminated by artwork that glows with rich colors and teems with lively details. Done in graphite, gouache, and watercolor, the large, gracefully composed illustrations feature a profusion of patterns: graceful drapes of printed fabrics, churning ocean waves, and dappled, overlapping leaves. Within each picture, some colors are made richer and more vivid by their juxtaposition to other, more muted tones. A memorable rendition in a vividly imagined setting. --Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

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 and a fresh, piquant narrative. The tale of a king who learns humility from a kitchen girl and a "little, plain, simple" bird unfolds with familiar grace. Pinkney incorporates such atmospheric details as traditional Moroccan fare (mint tea and "pastries made with honey and almond milk") into his smooth prose. He also makes a few concessions to younger readers: when the nightingale's mechanical rival breaks, the emperor eventually turns to "the Great Fixer-of-All-Things" (instead of Andersen's watchmaker), and when the king slips into a decline, he introduces Death as "Old Man Death." He fills his watercolors, rendered in lines as loose and fluid as his characters' beautiful garments, with such exotic touches as palm trees, camels and a pet monkey, and evokes the country's gorgeously ornate architecture and ethnically diverse inhabitants. The sumptuous treatment will easily please Pinkney's many admirers. Ages 5-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Pinkney has once again applied his considerable talents to the retelling of a traditional tale. He offers a unique presentation without compromising or straying from the original story of the nightingale's power. Like her song, the narration is smooth and flowing. Frequent dialogue adds to the drama and makes the story accessible to contemporary children. While the book will be an effective read-aloud, it is the illustrations that bring the tale to life. Pinkney has moved the story from its traditional Chinese setting to Morocco, and the paintings are a celebration of its cultural richness and ethnic diversity. Single pages and spreads are filled with the lush landscapes; grand architecture; and ornate textiles, silver, and pottery of the region. Traditional designs are also used to frame the text. Liberal use of color, ranging from earth tones to jewel hues, underscores the theme of natural versus manmade beauty. Young readers will enjoy looking for the playful monkey who appears in many of the scenes. A delightful melding of narration and illustration, this book will introduce a new generation to one of Andersen's tales.-Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.