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Friends of a Feather One of Life's Little Fables (Hardcover)

Author:  Bill/ Cosby Cosby Illustrator: Erika Cosby  Erika Cosby
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0060091479
ISBN-13: 9780060091477
Sku: 31105975
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 9.75L x 0.5T
Pages:  64
Age Range:  8 to 12
 
In this wonderful story of a zealous bird who learns to soar out from under the shadow of his best friend's wing, Bill Cosby delivers a powerful message about being oneself and the glorious freedom it can bring.

Slipper, Feathers, and Hog are three of the rarest birds known to humankind. This odd flock met on the Beach by the Rock where they performed dangerous flying feats -- first for one another, and then for the hundreds of onlookers who soon gathered to watch. But when the skills of the most eager-to-please bird are overshadowed by the sheer beauty of his best friend, an attempt to borrow back the limelight nearly ends in disaster.

Why do these birds stunt fly at all? What do they expect from the skies, each other, and the crowds below? And just what are the people on the beach looking for from them?

Thought-provoking and illuminating, this beautiful picture book ultimately celebrates all of us who strive to be our best selves.

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Meet Slipper, Feathers, and Hog. Three of the rarest birds ever known to humankind.

Now people say birds of a feather tend to flock together, but not on the Beach by the Rock. That's where these three unique friends meet for the first time, performing risky feats for one another and then later for the hundreds of folks who gather to watch.

But when the stunts of the most gifted and eager-to-please bird are overshadowed by the sheer beauty of his best friend, an attempt to borrow back the limelight nearly ends in disaster. Why do these birds stunt fly at all? What do they expect from the skies, one another, and the crowds below? And just what are the people on the beach looking for from them?

It takes a flight of imagination, the courage to be oneself, and the support of good friends to find out.

Meet Slipper, Feathers, and Hog. Three of the rarest birds ever known to humankind.

Now people say birds of a feather tend to flock together, but not on the Beach by the Rock. That's where these three unique friends meet for the first time, performing risky feats for one another and then later for the hundreds of folks who gather to watch.

But when the stunts of the most gifted and eager-to-please bird are overshadowed by the sheer beauty of his best friend, an attempt to borrow back the limelight nearly ends in disaster. Why do these birds stunt fly at all? What do they expect from the skies, one another, and the crowds below? And just what are the people on the beach looking for from them?

It takes a flight of imagination, the courage to be oneself, and the support of good friends to find out.

Annotation:
The concept of doing things to please yourself, not to impress others, is conveyed via this story about a flock of stunt-flying birds. Color illustrations accompany the text.
Author Bio
Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby first became known to audiences through his standup comedy act, the success of which was a factor in his decision to drop out of Temple University in the early '60s. Soon after, he was a success both onstage and with several Grammy-winning comedy records, whose titles included I STARTED OUT AS A CHILD and WHY IS THERE AIR? Even at this time he was mining his childhood, with humorous stories about his friends and the humorous predicaments in which they found themselves. This was to be his hallmark throughout his career.

It was in television that Bill Cosby had his greatest success and greatest impact. He was cast as a co-star, with Robert Culp, on the drama I SPY in the mid-'60s. He won two Emmies for his portrayal of Alex Scott, a tennis trainer who was really a secret agent. He briefly played Chet Kincaid, a gym teacher and coach, on THE BILL COSBY SHOW. FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS was an animated children's show which started on the Electric Company. Cosby provided the ideas and voices and was to write his doctoral dissertation on the educational value of the show.

In the '80s, Bill Cosby starred in his most memorable role-- that of Heathcliff Huxtable, obstetrician and patriarch of the family that became the most loved and watched in America at the time. Cosby maintained strict control over all aspects of the production of THE COSBY SHOW and it remained true to his vision and standards.

Following from this were a series of books (CHILDHOOD, FATHERHOOD), which, like his early routines, evoked the language of young people and, like his NBC series, evoked the love of parents for children and the need for discipline as well as understanding and forgiveness. Though shelved in the humor sections of bookstores, his books contained good advice on parenting.

In the '90s, Cosby starred in the short-lived YOU BET YOUR LIFE, based on the old Groucho Marx quiz show, and he later hosted KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS, an interview show that borrowed the old bit from Art Linkletter's HOUSE PARTY . More successful was a new COSBY, in which he played Hilton, a retired worker whose values and style were somewhat similar to those of Cliff Huxtable.

While Cosby's film career may not have been as overwhelmingly successful as other areas in which he worked, his performance in "Uptown Saturday Night" remains memorable. Videos of his stand-up comedy routines have sold well. Cosby has also been the spokesperson for several commercial products, most notably Kodak and Jell-O.

William H Cosby, Jr. received a Master's degree in 1972 and an Ed.D. in 1977 , both from the University of Massachussetts at Amherst, and education has been a primary interest for decades. He has also been a generous philanthropist. He and his wife, Camille O. Cosby, have given generously to many causes, notably Fisk College in Nashville and Spelman College, in Atlanta.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   04
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0064
Product attributePublisher:   It Books
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