Love Flute (Aladdin Picture Books)

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9780689816833: Love Flute (Aladdin Picture Books)

In love with a beautiful girl, but too shy to tell her, a young man leaves his camp in frustration. One night he receives mystical visitors who offer him a special gift -- a love flute. A gift from the birds and animals, its tells the girl of his love where words have failed.

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About the Author:

Paul Goble has received wide acclaim for his magnificent books, including Buffalo Woman, Dream Wolf, Her Seven Brothers, and the winner of the 1979 Caldecott Medal, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Commenting on his work in Beyond the Ridge, Horn Book Magazine said, "striking elements synthesize the graphics with the narrative and spiritual aspects of the text." The New York Times Book Review noted that his technique is "a marriage of authentic design and contemporary artistry, and it succeeds beautifully."
Paul Goble's most recent book for Bradbury Press, I Sing for the Animals, was called "a lovely, small book that movingly conveys profound belief in the goodness of creation" by Kirkus Reviews, and School Library Journal said it "fits as easily in the hand as Goble's meditations about the natural world do in the heart."

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 6-- ``This is the story of a shy young man who was given the very first love flute, long ago, by the birds and animals.'' When he plays the instrument, the music speaks to the heart of the special girl and tells her more plainly than words that he loves her. Goble's measured prose brings this Santee Dakota myth to life. The lyricism of the romantic story is highlighted by the restraint and dignity of his writing. His familiar painting style is both rich and formal as befits the telling of a myth. The drawings of the flutes introduce a new stylistic element. Drawn in careful detail with pencil and placed vertically on the page, they give a feeling of solid reality, yet since they are different in style and scale, they retain an element of mystery. Page design and layout are admirable. Each double-page spread seems designed as a unit. There is a great deal of white space, yet bits of the landscape or design escape across the center to link the pages. As with his other books, this title celebrates the beauty and richness of Native American legend. A note on sources and historical information on courtship rituals is a welcome plus. --Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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