by Ted Greenwood (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Almost every child has at some time made a kite. But few have ever made a kite with so much a mind of its own as Obstreperous. Though it was made in the normal way, with sticks and string and paper and rags, it did not fly in anything like a normal way. At first it didn't fly at all because there was no wind. And then when the winds came, it dipped and bounced and created all sorts of problems for its maker. In the end, too, it had its way and left some people happy and some a little sad.

An international treasure from the Australian countryside, 1969's Obstreperous is one of author Ted Greenwood's best-loved children's books. Anthology is pleased to bring it back into print for the first time in generations.

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Kirkus Reviews

A delightful (re)discovery.

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3--Inside the mind of a child, one can find some of the most marvelous ideas. One day, a boy awakens with a vision of a kite in his head, and he begins working diligently to bring that thought to fruition. After collecting all the necessary materials from around his house, he builds the perfect kite and attaches a long string to carry it. The wind is not initially ready for the boy's kite, but when it is, the boy wastes no time in placing his kite in the sky. Everyone around him has a different opinion of the kite; the boy does all he can to keep his creation afloat where it belongs among the clouds. This unusual picture book is filled with intentionally limited features. Not only are the illustrations primarily made with pen lines and a restricted color palette, but the words are subtle and brief, inspiring readers to think more deeply about their meaning. Because of its design, this book will pair best with readers who are willing to look closely at the story; its intent is not as overt as other literature for this age. Presented in an older style similar to that of The Giving Tree, this title will stand out from other contemporary stories in both its appearance and storytelling style. VERDICT Young readers who enjoy a slower pace and the opportunity to contemplate their stories will find this a unique and welcome departure from most picture books.--Mary R. Lanni

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Anthology Editions
Publication date
November 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV003000 - Juvenile Fiction | Art & Architecture
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