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Tico and the Golden Wings [Paperback]

By Leo Lionni (Author) & Leo Lionni (Illustrator)
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When the wingless bird's wish for getting a pair of golden wings comes true, he finds that his friends aren't as accepting of his new look and so flies away, yet while on his mission, he helps a man by giving him all his new feathers which then grow back black whereupon he is accepted by his flock once more. Reissue.

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Tico, a little bird born without wings, is one day granted his dearest wish. But the wings he gets are made of gold and his bird friends turn against him. "You think you are better than we are," they say. What Tico does with his golden feathers--and the important lesson he learns--is a fable that children will take to their hearts.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Dragonfly Books
Pages   31
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 7" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1987
Publisher   Dragonfly Books
Age  8-8
ISBN  0394830784  
ISBN13  9780394830780  

Availability  11 units.
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More About Leo Lionni

Leo Lionni “From time to time, from the endless flow of our mental imagery, there emerges unexpectedly something that, vague though it may be, seems to carry the promise of a form, a meaning, and, more important, an irresistible poetic charge.”—Leo Lionni

Lionni launched his career as an author/illustrator of books for children in 1959. Originally developed from a story he had improvised for his grandchildren during a dull train ride, Little Blue and LittleYellow was the first of what is now a long list of children’s picture books, including four Caldecott Honor Books.

Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 highly acclaimed children’s books. He received the 1984 American Institute of Graphic Arts Gold Medal and was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner—for Inch by Inch, Frederick, Swimmy, and Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse.

Leo Lionni died in October of 1999 at his home in Tuscany, Italy, at the age of 89.

Leo Lionni lived in New York. Leo Lionni was born in 1910 and died in 1999.

Leo Lionni has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Pinwheel Books

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
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Tico / Lionni The Original Rainbow Fish  Mar 17, 2008
This story line is familiar if you've read The Rainbow Fish, but Tico pre-dates that story. Tico is also a more profound, developed story. Happy, re-assuring ending. Sensitive and precient in this age of me me me.
An all time favorite  Jan 8, 2008
Library bound edition very high quality. Wonderful to have a new copy of a very memorable story from my childhood to share with my children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
A parable about sharing and being yourself  Jul 19, 2001
I've been reading books to children for almost two decades, and Leo Lionni's books have always been among my favorites. They're simple in the same way that the parables of Jesus are simple - the meaning of the stories is immediately clear, yet they are deep and wise, and the stories stay with you forever.

Tico and the Golden Wings is not one of Lionni's best known books (Swimmy and Frederick probably fill that category - and both of them are terrific), but it's one of my favorites. It's about a bird born without wings, who cannot fly like his friends. The friends are kind to him, but he feels left out because he cannot do the things they do. Wishing for wings, he gets his wish, but the wings are made of gold. As Tico flies around the world, he encounters people with great needs and tries to help them by giving each of them one of the gold feathers from his wings. His reward for this generosity is to grow a real feather for every golden one he gives away.

In the end, Tico returns to his friends, who are thrilled to see him with wings just like theirs. They think he is now just like them, but Tico nurtures an understanding that his thoughts and experiences are not like those of his friends, that inside he is still different.

The message is simple: you can care about others and still nurture your own indivuality. What is special about this book, though, is not just the lovely and wise message, but the fact that it remains lovely, and not the least bit cloying or preachy, after hundreds of readings. You can read this book to any three or four year old who has enough experience with books to sit still for a quiet story, and continue reading it to him or her for years, knowing the child will get more out of it each time he or she hears it.

Wonderful story  Jun 16, 2000
A lovely story. Thoughtful. Sometimes having what we wish for is not nearly as important as giving. Our value comes from within. A story I look forward to sharing with my nephews and grandchildren.

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