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Gay Neck by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
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Aug 11, 09

bookshelves: j-fiction, newbery-winner, outside-u-s-a, animals
Read in March, 2008

This 1928 Newbery winner is, as the title suggests, about a pigeon. His name comes from "Chitra-griva: Chitra meaning 'painted in gay colours' and Griva, 'Neck'--in one phrase, pigeon Gay-Neck." Set in India and told from the point of view of the young man who is Gay-Neck's owner, the real strength of this book comes from the chapters that take place near the Himalayas and the vivid descriptions of the wildlife and creatures that live in that area. Children particularly interested in birds or India might enjoy this book. The language is not too outdated, and some of it is quite lyrical. The author does seem to have a bit of an "agenda" toward the end, but it is a message of being courageous, feeling love, and bringing peace, so while it may be laid on a little thick, it's hardly a destructive message.
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