The Parrot by Laszlo & Raffaella Gal (1997)

The Parrot: An Italian Folktale
Retold and adapted, this classic Italian folktale within a tale is enhanced by father-daughter team Laszlo and Raffaella Gal’s richly detailed paintings.

When a merchant goes away and leaves his beautiful daughter alone, the young prince who has loved her from afar is determined to keep her safe from the clutches of the evil old king. In order to keep watch over her, the prince turns himself into a parrot and tells her a marvelous story, which he threatens to cut short if there are any interruptions. So spellbound is the maiden that she ignores the soldiers insistently pounding on her door, until before she knows it, her father returns and she is safe once again. (Dust jacket flap)

Laszlo Gal is one of Canada’s foremost illustrators, with books such as Pome and Peel, The Willow Maiden, Iduna and the Magic Apples and Prince Ivan and the Firebird: A Russian Folk Tale to his credit. He has won many awards, including the 1980 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for The Twelve Dancing Princesses. He illustrated The Parrot with his daughter, Raffaella Gal.

1997 by Groundwood Books.

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