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The most beautiful kite in the world
Spalding, Andrea.
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Publication Information:
Markham, Ont. : Fitzhenry & Whiteside, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 66847.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Jenny wants nothing more for her birthday than the beautiful red kite she saw in the store window. But she is crushed when her father proudly gives her a kite he made himself. Valiantly Jenny tries to hide her disappointment, but in her heart of hearts she knows the plain white kite is never going to fly like the beautiful one from the store. And she is right; the homemade kite doesn't fly at all. Jenny is ready to give up, but reluctantly seeks the help of her neighbors and friend. With some yarn, a magazine cover, and a candy wrapper, Jenny and her father work together to give the plain kite a colorful tail. And as the kite finally takes to the sky, Jenny is about to see her birthday present in a whole new way.A story about the magic of kites and fathers, The Most Beautiful Kite in the World is filled with the warmth of community spirit and family love.

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-For her birthday, Jenny hopes to receive the beautiful kite she has seen at the local store. She opens a kite-shaped package at breakfast, hiding her disappointment when she sees that the gift is her father's lovingly homemade creation. Eager to see how it works, he encourages a trip outside and begins to show his daughter how to maneuver the toy. First, second, and third tries fail to keep it elevated even as he teaches her about adding bows to the tail for balance. Jenny gathers wool and paper scraps from neighbors, adding several bows at a time and feeling more hopeful as the kite lifts with better ease on each attempt. Finally, on the fourth try, the kite lifts, climbs, and soars in the sky to the delight of all, with Jenny declaring that this one is "the most beautiful kite in the world." Spalding has taken a theme of expectation and disappointment and written a scenario plausibly demonstrating patience and perseverance. Watts's realistic illustrations in toned-down colors express emotions through the characters' faces and body postures, particularly Jenny's. Gentle and perceptive.-Rita Soltan, Oakland University, Rochester, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.