Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Only a Pigeon

Only a Pigeon

1997 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Jane Kurtz
Illustrator: Durga Bernhard
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 0689800770
A low-key, compelling story about an Etiopian boy who raises homing pigeons. We accompany the 12 or 13-year-old hero, Ondu-ahlem, as he tends his brood, protecting them from attack by a mongoose or stray cat. His is a circumscribed life, but we enter it willingly, sharing its perils and triumps. E.B. Lewis's tender watercolors transport us to Addis Ababa, with its tin-roofed houses and muddy streets. Both authors grew up in Ethiopia, and the artist traveled there to assure the authentic flavor of his pictures. The hero's name, Ondu-ahlem, means One World, and this lovely book contributes to that still elusive goal.
Selma G. Lanes   ©1997 Parents' Choice

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