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Ten Birds

illustrated by Cybèle Young

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counting & numbers, birds
list price: $18.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
published: 2011
ISBN:9781554535682
publisher: Kids Can Press
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Ten Birds

More than a clever counting book, this book highlights ingenuity, common sense and the inadequacies of labels. Discover how ten curious birds make their way to the other side of the river, creating fascinating structures as they do so. Cybèle Young’s intricate penand- ink drawings depict a rich alternative world that both children and adults will marvel over. Winner of the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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Awards
  • Winner, Outstanding International Book, USBBY
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, Best Children's Books of 2011, Kirkus Reviews
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award, Children's Illustration, Canada Council for the Arts
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Description

A clever counting book and fable unlike any other and winner of the 2011 Governor General's Award for Illustration.

Ten birds are trying to figure out how to get to the other side of the river. The bird they call “Brilliant” devises a pair of stilts. The bird they call “Highly Satisfactory” engineers a raft. One by one, nine resourceful birds make the crossing until a single bird is left behind - the one they call “Needs Improvement.” This bird's solution proves surprising - and absurdly simple.

More than a counting book, Ten Birds is a witty story that highlights ingenuity, common sense and the inadequacies of labels. Cybèle Young's intricate chiaroscuro pen-and-ink drawings depict a rich alternative world that both children and adults will marvel over.

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Cybèle Young

Cybèle Young is an internationally renowned artist, represented by galleries in New York, London, Vancouver and Calgary. Her art practice and family life have also inspired the creation of several children's books. She was nominated for a Governor General's Award for Illustration in 2000, and has written and illustrated two titles (Ten Birds, Kids Can Press, and A Few Blocks, Groundwood Books).
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