The Little Wing Giver by Jacques Taravant and Peter Sis, 2001 first American edition.


Written Jacques Taravant. Translated from French by Nina Ignatowicz. Illustrated by Peter Sis. First American edition, 2001. Henry Holt & Company, New York.

The Little Wing Giver was written by Jacques Taravant, a French diplomat, who wrote the story for his small son.

"A long, long time ago when God had just created the world and when birds and bugs and butterflies didn't have wings, there lived a little boy. His nose was as round as a marble, and his cheeks softer than rose petals. His curly hair was black as night, and his eyes were bright as stars.

"He traveled over mountains and fields, through forests and meadows, and along every road and stream singing this song:

"Come get your wings.
Beautiful wings!
Come get your wings
And fly, fly, fly!"

The Little Wing Giver gives wings to "eagles and hummingbirds, ladybugs and vultures, parrots and sparrows." Then one day, having started to feel very tired, he lay down by a brook to rest, and fell into such a deep sleep the animals couldn't wake him. Finally, a magpie found two white dove wings in his pocket and when the birds attached them to his back, the Little Wing Giver flew up into the sky. God, witnessing it all, had a thought: Angels.

Peter Sis (1949 - ) is a Czech-born American illustrator and writer of children's books. He is best known for his autobiographical works such as The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain and Tibet: Through the Red Box. He has received many awards for his illustrations, including the Caldecott Honor and the MacArthur Fellowship. He is also a filmmaker and a designer of theatrical sets and costumes.
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Condition*: Near Fine. Missing dust jacket. Illustrated cover boards: Light shelf wear. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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