All Tico the wingless bird wants is a pair of golden wings to carry him up over the mountaintops. But when Tico's wish is granted, none of his friends will talk to him. What's so wrong with being different? Tico wonders all alone. One day Tico helps a crying man by giving him one of his golden feathers. A black feather appears in its place. Each day he gives a feather away to someone in need until his golden wings are as black as India ink. When Tico returns to his friends, they are all relieved to see him. "Now you are just like us," they say. But Tico knows there is more to him than the color of his wings.
"Children will take the hopes and wishes of the little bird born without wings to their hearts. . . . They will understand the ending: 'We are all different. Each has his own memories and his invisible golden dreams.' A lovely book, and one that cannot but leave a lasting impression."--The Saturday Review