Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wedding Birds by Jutta Ash (translated by Naomi Lewis)

This is a beautifully illustrated version of a traditional German song with English words by Naomi Lewis. Jutta Ash is already renowned for her book Jorinda and Joringel. The wedding story flows works well with the use of simple but effective rhyming couplets and this would be a great way to introduce this literary device to students. A blackbird and a thrush marry in a splendid ceremony attended by an array of well-plumed birds. Naomi Lewis sadly passed away in 2009 but will be remembered for her translations of the Danish author Hans Cristian Andersen. She reached the grand old age of 98.

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