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  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace International; 1st Voyager Books Ed edition (1 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015202428X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152024284
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 25.4 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lois Ehlert has written and illustrated many award-winning picture books, including Eating the Alphabet, Feathers for Lunch, and Market Day. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By swisskate on 2 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
Found this book to be a great enhancement of our work on Mexico. The illustrations are beautiful and easy to imitate to make a cuckoo of your own that moves. The story has a moral and is concisely written. Having the story in Spanish intrigued the readers in the group to try and read another language!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Cuckoo: A Multicultural Book 8 Nov 2000
By Melissa Mendez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Cuckoo is a beautiful, but lazy bird. The owl, doves, and even the rooster get tired of Cuckoo flying around and singing beautiful songs all day. They complain she never does her share of the work! That is, until one day Cuckoo notices a field fire about to ruin the season's crop they had just worked so hard to plant. Cuckoo's apparent bravery is shown when she saves the seeds by carrying them to the mole's hole. This also demonstrates her willingness to put others' needs before her own beauty. Children of all ages will love the moral of this endearing story: "You can't tell much about a bird by looking at its feathers." This beautifully, brightly, authentically illustrated story is adapted from a Mayan Indian tale from Mexico. The bilingual text adds appeal to children of other cultures, or children wanting to learn the Spanish language. The front cover includes authentic drawings of ornaments with the Spanish/English vocabulary that is presented throughout the book. With the combination of bright illustrations that shine like the sun, a good moral ending showing bravery of the main character, and the bilingual text, young readers aren't likely to forget Cuckoo.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Beauty is Within 10 July 2000
By Claire Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Cuckoo is a very beautiful bird with a gorgeous voice. The problem is she is extremely vain. Cuckoo does not help the other birds gather seeds for food. One day there is a fire, and Cuckoo is the only one awake. Cuckoo salvages all of the villages seeds by storing them in a mole hole. The soot from the fire has caused her feathers to turn black. When everyone recognizes Cuckoo and what she has done they are all very proud of her and forgiving for her selfish past.
Note to teachers: This book has beautiful, colorful illustrations. You should definetly follow any activity you do with this text with an art project on mosaics with extraordinary colors. This book could be used to prove a very good moral lesson. Beauty is only skin deep, and no one person is better than the rest of the group. Everyone must pitch in their part. You could also use this to introduce a unit on Africa, because this is an African folk tale.
Classic story about inner beauty 17 Nov 2011
By R. Kirkland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love this book because it is such a sweet story, and beautiful illustrations. It is also a great teaching tool for my son, and I love that it has the English and Spanish side by side.
Great book 19 Sep 2011
By Connie Jo Gropper-erb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My toddler group just love this book. Have used the pictures for patterns for puppets and other craft uses. I would recommend this book. Also good for beginner Spanish lessons.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully illustrated and told 5 Jan 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My four-year-old daughter loves this book. She asks for it over and over. Tonight I even caught her looking at it under her night light. She doesn't want to return it to the public library tomorrow so I quess I'll be ordering our own copy soon. The story is beautifully illustrated with bold lines and attractive bright colors. And it is just as beautifully told in simple yet well wrought lines.
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