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Matt de la Peña’s warmhearted story is musical in its cadences…Christian Robinson’s angular, bright illustrations are energetic and vibrant…a celebration of the joys of service, the gifts of grandmothers and the tenderness that the city can contain —The Washington Post


Adapted from an Ila tale from Zambia, this book tells the story of colorful birds who envy Blackbird’s color and long to have “a touch of black.” Blackbird obliges by mixing up some “blackening brew” and painting touches of black on each of them, much to their delight.



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