Polly and the Privet Bird

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Polly is an old lady who talks to flowers, or so the grown-ups think. The children, who believe in magic know differently. Her magic saves the village from disaster. The authors also wrote "Mr Potter's Pigeon", "Norah's Ark", "The Proud and Fearless Lion", "The Last Dodo" and "The Winter Hedgehog".

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Deciding that her overgrown privet bush is about to take over her garden, Polly snips it into a giant, sweet-looking topiary bird that she rides aloft on an adventure: she rescues a child who has fallen from a boat. Later, after a storm, the bird carries Polly to fetch groceries for her stranded neighbors. Only the children notice her extraordinary steed: ``Well, if they won't look they won't see,'' they observe of their parents. Finally, the grown-ups do see--but when they visit Polly's garden, the privet has reverted to its former shape and they laugh at their own foolishness. ``Well, if they won't believe, they won't know,'' say the children to Polly. The adventures here are stock, the message familiar; but Cartwright's telling is graceful and lively, while her husband's crisp, bright paintings are outstanding. His characterizations are slyly satirical, his bird a quietly imaginative pleasure, his light-bathed compositions mesmerizing. All in all, an appealing fantasy. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From Publishers Weekly:

The Cartwrights have established an entertaining and distinctive style, featuring rounded landforms and sausage-like people rendered in vivid colors. Here, a lady named Polly tames her rambling privet bush ("it had grown so wild and unruly that it threatened to smother all the flowers") by clipping it into the shape of a bird. Distressed by "the sound of children crying," Polly mounts the topiary creature, and the pair wings away to aid the youngsters. Other good works follow, though--trading on a common theme--only the children take the time to see Polly flying through the sky; the adults are too rooted in their mundane existence to notice. When the grownups finally check out the proceedings, the privet is once again "a tangle of untidy leaves." Though the book's art and design are as clean as a whistle, they can't quite make up for the bland text. Once the bird soars off, its story unfortunately takes a dive into muddy waters. Ages 4-7.
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