And Then I Read: RAVEN GIRL by Audrey Niffenegger

Though published by Abrams Comicarts, this is a book, not a comic. Pages of text often opposite full page illustrations, all by the author. The illustrations are appealing, but I actually liked the text better.

“Once there was a Postman who fell in love with a Raven,” the story begins. The postman is sent to deliver a letter to an odd address, and there he finds no humans, only a raven’s nest with young birds in it. On the ground is a young female raven who has fallen out of the nest. The postman brings it home and cares for it, and in time he and the raven fall in love. Somehow the raven lays an egg that hatches a human girl who is also part raven on the inside. She feels all wrong and out of place in her family and world. When she goes to school, it’s even more so. Eventually she sees a doctor who thinks it might be possible to create wings for her. This idea makes the Raven Girl very happy. She longs to fly.

A gentle fable with lots of illogical ideas, but plenty of charming characters and emotional warmth.

Recommended.

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