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Icarus Swinebuckle

Icarus Swinebuckle

Spring 2000 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Michael Garland
Illustrator: Michael Garland
ISBN: 0-8075-3495-1
Hardcover Price: $15.95
An endearing retelling of the Greek myth casts a bespectacled pig as the hero/dreamer Icarus whose "greatest wish was to fly." A cobbler by trade, this porcine Icarus ignores his customers' shoes and works instead on crafting a pair of goosefeather wings held together by wax. His wife wrings her cloven hoofs, the landlord (fittingly a wolf) is at the door demanding the rent, and the only one who believes in this portly Icarus' seemingly impossible dream is his small son Robin. The dream miraculously bears fruit, with predictable results when the triumphant porker flies too high. Undaunted, this space-age pig vows next to build a more durable flying ship, and who's to say he won't. The gifted illustrator Michael Garland sets his well-told tale in 19th-century London, and the double-page spread of Icarus in flight over the Thames River is awesome.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2000 Parents' Choice

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