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2010 Award
The Secret Message
( retold by Mina Javaherbin/ ilus Bruce Whatley, Hyperion $16.99 Score: )

Based on an ancient poem from Iran, this is the story of a parrot that was captured and kept in a cage by a merchant who profits from the parrot's beauty. When the merchant goes to India the bird tricks him into telling his parrot friends how he much he misses them. His friends then trick the merchant by falling down and playing dead. Upon the merchant's return, he tells the parrot about what happened to his friends. The captive parrot understood and follows their example and manages to win his freedom at last.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.


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