Rebecca Hickox Per and the Dala Horse

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Per and the Dala Horse

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9780440414254: Per and the Dala Horse

When a Swedish farmer dies, his eldest son inherits the farm, a sturdy workhorse, and a plow. The middle son comes by a fine riding horse, and Per, the youngest, receives a handsomely carved and painted Dala horse. Though his brothers laugh, Per guesses that his horse will prove useful. And when the trolls of the underworld work their mischief, neither the workhorse nor the riding horse can compare with Per's magnificent Dala horse.

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PreSchool-Grade 3?Upon their father's death, three brothers inherit different gifts. The eldest receives the farm, workhorse, and plow; the second, a fine horse; and the youngest a dala horse?a hand-carved, brightly painted wooden toy. Although the older young men scoff at Per's gift, he maintains that it might be useful some day. Indeed, when trolls steal the gold communion cup from the priest's house, it is Per who, with the help of the wooden horse, outwits them. With his reward, he buys a farm and, later, gives the scratched toy to his youngest son. The vigorous text seamlessly incorporates elements of Swedish folklore. The colored-pencil illustrations are similar in style to Jan Brett's work, including borders and decorative detail, but with a pastel palette; a lighter, sketchier line; and more sense of movement. The blues, tans, and reds effectively evoke the setting, as do the details such as carved, decorated furniture; painted pottery; and embroidered and appliqued clothing. The borders extend the illustrations by depicting the farm, mountains, bewreathed horses, and trolls in pugnacious postures. Large white spaces frame the blocks of text, and the balanced composition effectively draws the eye to relevant characters or actions. Suitable for storytelling or independent reading.?Cynthia K. Richey, Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Pittsburgh, PA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 4^-8. An original story based on elements of Swedish customs and folklore, this picture book tells of a father who dies, leaving his eldest son a strong farm horse, his middle son a fine riding horse, and his youngest son a small, painted wooden horse. When trolls steal the gold Communion cup from their church, each of the brothers ventures out to retrieve the treasure from the trolls, but only young Per brings it back, with the help of his magical wooden horse. Delicately shaded pencil drawings in full color illustrate the story with grace and dramatic flair. The beautifully costumed characters, rich patterns, and distinctive borders lend a decorative quality to the pages. An appealing adventure story for picture-book audiences. Carolyn Phelan

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