Igor: The Bird Who Couldn't Sing
Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2005 (2005)
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Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
gor is eagerly anticipating his first spring so he can sing with the rest of the birds. The only problem is, he discovers, much to his dismay, that he has no talent for singing.
gor practices his heart out, and even takes music lessons, but to no avail. He simply cannot sing and is the laughingstock of the whole bird community. Lonely and ashamed, Igor flies around the world, but wherever he goes, he hears music. One day, thinking he is alone, he belts out a song or two and inadvertently awakens a long-extinct dodo bird, who appreciates Igor's singing, and so gives the bird a confidence boost.
he premise is a good one, though the story falters a bit at the end. The illustrations are simple and colorful, drawn in Kitamura's usual playful style. Overall, this is a pretty good book about finding your inner musician, and hence, your true nature.
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