Days of the Blackbird (Paperback)

By Tomie DePaola, Tomie DePaola (Illustrator)

Puffin Books, 9780142402719, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 17, 2005

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (1/27/1997)
Prebound (2/17/2005)

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In this elegant tale, Tomie dePaola imagines how the Days of the Blackbird in northern Italy came to be. Gemma and her father, the Duke of Gennaro, live in a house with a courtyard that fills with birds of all colors through the spring and summer. When the Duke falls ill at the end of summer, Gemma begs the birds to stay to raise his spirits with their song. However, as snow and fierce winds begin to swirl down on the village, the birds must fly south to stay warm, and eventually only one loyal bird remains.

About the Author

Tomie dePaola( is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 250 books for children. His books range from autobiographical stories to retellings of folktales and legends to original tales, such as the Strega Nona books. The American Library Association said: His works reflect an innate understanding of childhood, a distinctive visual style, and a remarkable ability to adapt his voice to perfectly suit the story. Tomie has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Caldecott Honor for"Strega Nona, "and a Newbery Honor for his autobiographical chapter book, "26 Fairmount Avenue."He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal, was designated a living treasure by the state of New Hampshire, and received the 2012 Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New London, New Hampshire."

Praise For Days of the Blackbird

A successful and satisfying union of narration and illustration. (School Library Journal)

Fresco-style artwork-the colors washed and clean-accompanies this testament to friendship, fidelity, and generosity; fittingly, the story radiates warmth. (Kirkus Reviews)