School of Names (Charlotte Zolotow Book)

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A dweller on the earth realizes the connection of all things, oceans, clouds, animals, and stars, and wishes to know their names.

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PreS Up This spare reflection on the nature of our connections to the Earth is presented with Goffstein's usual engaging simplicity. The text intimates the ancient belief that once an individual knows the name of something, he possesses its spirit. (This belief is explained in the flap copy but not in the text.) The narrator wishes to go to the "School of Names" and recognize all of the elements in the world and thus be at home spiritually on our planet. The uncluttered pastel drawings of fish, trees, stars, etc., are done in muted colors on lightly textured paper and are set off with a frame of white space on all sides. The theme of understanding and appreciating our environment is related to Goffstein's other works, such as Goldie the Dollmaker (1969) and Two Piano Tuners (1971, both Farrar) in that their concern is with human fulfillment. The poignant search for "The School of Names" described by the narrator combines with the delicate drawings to make a special book for Goffstein devotees. Lorraine Douglas, Winnipeg Public Library, Manitoba, Canada
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

In Goffstein's latest, we recognize the theme central to her unique creations. Speaking always of what she loves, she turns our thoughts to what is dear to us. Here the colors in small, delicate paintings are muted but seem lit with an inner glow. The illustrations and text again reveal Goffstein's gift for confining a world of meaning in the fewest figures and words. With utmost simplicity, she expresses her yearning to know by name the intricate wonders on this planet. What is each called: star, sky, desert, rock, cloud, person, tree, animal, every single part of the symbiotic mystery? As the author writes, "For all the years I may live, no place but the earth is my home." She gives us in her beautiful book a reminder that we must exist harmoniously with nature in the place that is the only home for all of us.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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