INTERMEDIATE FICTION
Woods, Matilda

The Boy, the Bird & the Coffin Maker

(4) 4-6 Illustrated by Anuska Allepuz. An intergenerational friendship blossoms between lonely coffin-maker Alberto and orphan Tito. This folkloric tale is peopled by archetypical characters: the villain, the good-guy, the innocent. Its story line is bare-boned, rendering motivation moot, but a charming otherworldly guilessness and a story within the story add appeal. Allepuz's blue-toned full-page art and decorative motifs bordering the pages lend a magic all their own.

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