Simon the Swan: A Sequel to the Lord of the Rushie River

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9780872264014: Simon the Swan: A Sequel to the Lord of the Rushie River

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Grade 4 Up-- Simon is one of five cygnets belonging to John Swan--or, The Lord of Rushie River (Hippocrene, 1977; o.p.), as he was called in Barker's long-ago book. In this previously unpublished sequel, Simon hears his mother predict that "he will grow up a dunce . . ."; to prove his worth, he sets off bravely into the world. Soon downed by a storm, Simon is rescued and cared for by Roger, a shepherd's helper, and his family. Roger wants very much to be able to "talk" with Simon as Daniel the shepherd does. Daniel tells him to find a magic flower, which Roger then uses to communicate with Simon in order to help him find a comfortable home. Roger succeeds and, happily, Simon's new home choice pleases Roger. Roger also succeeds in dominating this work, for after the opening chapters, Simon is reduced to a minor character until his triumphant return at the end. The story is quite precious and lovingly illustrated in watercolor and ink paintings reminiscent of Tasha Tudor. Nevertheless, the book has an old-fashioned quality out of step with recent trends in children's literature. It may be of interest for those collections dealing with the history and development of literature and illustration for children, but is unnecessary in most general collections. --Amy Adler, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, OH
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