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The Green Bird

by Joe Hayes
illustrated by Antonio Castro L.

Independent Publishers’ IPPY Award, Best Children’s Book, 2002
Aesop Accolade Book
This dream-like story of an enchanted prince, caught by a spell in the body of a green bird, begins with the introduction of nine curious sisters. Each has a different number of eyes, beginning with the oldest, who has nine, down to the youngest, with just one.

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10-digit ISBN0-938317-90-3
13-digit ISBN9780938317906
LanguageBilingual - English & Spanish
Also Available InHardcover
Page Count40
Product Dimensions8.5" x 11"
Publication DateJanuary 1, 2005
RightsAll Rights Available
The green bird proposes marriage to Mirabel, the two-eyed sister. Though her siblings mock her and her mother forbids it, Mirabel’s steadfast vision sees past the bird to a handsome prince, and she marries him! One by one, the envious mother dispatches her other daughters to the green bird’s palace to spy out who he really is. They are overcome with the beauty of their sister’s palace, and by the power of a sleeping potion the prince has provided to Mirabel.

Only the littlest sister stays awake long enough to see the green bird sing in each window of the palace and then enter and change into a prince. Her discovery prompts the mother to set a cruel trap; Pájaro Verde is forced to leave on a long journey to sickness and oblivion. But Mirabel’s love seeks him out, even in the house of the sun and the moon, and in the end restores his marriage and his kingdom.

Watch Joe Hayes tell Pájaro Verde in this free, online video, part of the Joe Hayes Storytelling Collection.

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