Juvenile Ruth Sanderson The Crystal Mountain

ISBN 13: 9780316770927

The Crystal Mountain

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A fantasy tale that follows the quest of three sons to retrieve a beautiful tapestry, woven by their mother and based on a vision from her dreams, from the jealous fairies who stole it.

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Author of many books for children, Shirley Climo has explored international variations of the Cinderella myth in her popular and carefully researched books The Irish Cinderlad, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski, The Korean Cinderella, and The Egyptian Cinderella, both illustrated by Ruth Heller. Ms. Climo lives in Los Altos, CA.

Ruth Sanderson is the author and illustrator of such beautiful children's books as The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Enchanted Wood, and Papa Gatto. She lives in Ware, MA.

Author of many books for children, Shirley Climo has explored international variations of the Cinderella myth in her popular and carefully researched books The Irish Cinderlad, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski, The Korean Cinderella, and The Egyptian Cinderella, both illustrated by Ruth Heller. Ms. Climo lives in Los Altos, CA.

Ruth Sanderson is the author and illustrator of such beautiful children's books as The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Enchanted Wood, and Papa Gatto. She lives in Ware, MA.

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Grade 1-4-Taking particular strands from a Chinese tale of a magic brocade, detailed threads from a Norwegian story of a glass mountain, and filaments from her own artistic imagination, Sanderson has woven a new fabric, framed in a 15th-century European landscape (a time of extraordinary tapestry making). The stately text incorporates many traditional elements: the three sons of a widowed mother, the apparently feckless youngest son, magical animal aides, a crystal/glass mountain, and a quest fraught with dangers. Opulent oil paintings in lush detail reflect the turns of the story line as they parade in step with the youngest son on his desperate search for the missing tapestry that holds the fantastic landscape of his mother's dreams. And, while the phrase "happily ever after" is never uttered, delighted readers and listeners can rest assured it applies to the comforting conclusion. Match this story with Marilee Heyer's stunning The Weaving of a Dream (Puffin, 1989)-a retelling of the Chinese tale-and Claire Martin's resplendent Boots and the Glass Mountain (Dial, 1992; o.p.)-a retelling of the Norse story-and you will have both a rich visual experience and the unique opportunity to trace newly interwoven story lines to more original sources. Sumptuous.
Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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