Wrtitten by Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson with painting by Caldecott winning illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon
A beautiful mandarin duck is captured and caged by a greedy lord who wants to show off the bird’s magnificent plumage. But the wild creature pines for his mate. When Yasuko, the kitchen maid, releases the bird against her lord’s command, she and the one-eyed servant, Shozo, are sentenced to death. The grateful bird intends to return their kindness, but can he outsmart the cruel lord?
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Illustration, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year.
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About Katherine Paterson
People are always asking me questions I don’t have answers for. One is, “When did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?” The fact is that I never wanted to be a writer, at least not when… More about Katherine Paterson
Published by Puffin Books Nov 01, 1995| 40 Pages| 8-3/8 x 10-7/8| 2-5 years| ISBN 9780140557398