"...a boy lingers by the harbor longing to speak the language of birds. "
In this poetically told story, a boy lingers by the harbor longing to speak the language of birds. Frightened, his mother warns him to stay away or they will build a nest in his hair. Her dire prediction proves right, but after three days, when he's able to remove the seaweed nest and cast the spotted egg into the sea, his most fervent wish is granted -- "the boy's voice was so sweet and his song so beautiful that even the birds of the harbor came to hear him sing." Gently realistic pastels set the mood for this lyrical tale from Walnut Creek author Italia.