Elisabeth and the Water-Troll

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9780060263539: Elisabeth and the Water-Troll

A motherless girl rediscovers hope and love when a lonely, misunderstood water troll takes her down into his well.

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Grade 4 Up-- This unusual book is well written and strikingly illustrated, but it is unlikely that it will find a wide audience. Wangerin uses a sophisticated vocabulary; archetypal characters; and an imaginative, episodic plot to tell the story of a young girl taken by an evil troll, who finds solace for her grief at the death of her mother. The water-troll, misunderstood and feared by the villagers, feels pity for Elisabeth and takes her to his home in the well in an effort to restore her happiness. Unfortunately, his kindness is misinterpreted by the villagers who kill him in their attempt to rescue Elisabeth. The water-troll gives his life willingly, however, knowing that he has succeeded in his aim of showing Elisabeth the power of love. Healy's illustrations are flat, with decorative borders, and are somehow dark yet bright, reminiscent of the surrealistic works of artist Frida Kahlo. Like the text, they are sophisticated, unusual, and strangely appealing. Wangerin's writing style is lyrical and somewhat obscure, requiring excellent reading and/or listening skills. The sombre story and minimal characterization may be off-putting to those readers in search of light entertainment. For those willing to work, however, this is an intriguing and unusual combination of themes and events that will undoubtedly provoke strong reactions. --Lisa Dennis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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