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The Red Bird

Written by Astrid Lindgren

Illustrated by Marit Törnqvist

Translated by Patricia Crampton

From one of the world's most beloved storytellers comes an extraordinary tale of redemption and joy.

Long ago, in the days of poverty, Matthew and Anna lived with the sternest farmer in the village. Times were hard, and the children worked harder, with no comfort except each other.

Then one day, against the gray sky and the white snow, came a glorious red bird. And the red bird led them to a miraculous haven where the sun shines and food is plentiful, where children have time for laughter and play. To stay there, Anna and Matthew must make a simple, impossible choice. It will be one that changes their lives forever.

With breathtaking artistry, wisdom, and compassion, Astrid Lindgren and Marit Tornqvist have created a story that touches the deepest longings in all of us.

Reviews and Awards

"Oil illustrations in cold and gray-touched earth tones underscore the dreariness of the children's life with the farmer, making a vivid contrast with the light-filled paintings of Sunnymead, drenched in green and gold and touched with scarlet."  - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Both the text and art excel at portraying mood through season, and the paradise Matthew and Anna stumble upon transforms them from the 'two gray little mice' they have been to happy, red-cheeked children." - The Horn Book

"Will…resonate with fans of Oscar Wilde's sentimental, symbolic fairy tales." - Kirkus Reviews 

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Spring 2005
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-439-62796-6
Price: $16.95/$22.99
Trim Size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Page Count: 48 SE
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Raben & Sjogren
Rights Available? yes