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The other animals of the Land of the Three Moons watch over the whales, who are growing bigger, and help them make their way to the sea.
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Grade 3-5 Richly hued paintings in the naive mode accompany this long legendary tale in which the great whales become trapped in a tidal basin. Numerous animals, realistic and fictional, are involved in the relief efforts which finally succeed under the direction of the Timeless Lizard. This is a primal world with Rainbirds and Rain Dances, the Kingdom of the Sun, the Land of the Three Moons, and more, all created by the Great Wockatoo, who turns out to be a large primitive bird. The book's strength lies in the charming pictures which resemble folk art and reduce the large creatures of the story to small patterned figures in flat, highly detailed scenes. The lengthy, dense narrative is a moral tale conveying the message of the strength and gentleness of the whales which will finally prevail as a lesson for man and save the earth from destruction by human greed. The pictures are likely to delight and involve viewers of all ages, but the stiffly contrived story will be heavy going for children. This was first published in Australia. Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Long ago, in a primitive land "which no man will see again," the Lord of the Universe, the Great Wockatoo, delivered a gift to the animals who lived in the valley of The Three Moons. He created three whales to send "out into the world as a test to see if its inhabitants were ready for lasting peace." Their purpose was also to show that strength and gentleness could coexist, but if they were killed, the Great Wockatoo "would destroy the world for the benefit of other life in the Universe." Mythical creatures such as the Timeless Lizard and the Rainbirds from the Kingdom of the Sun are depicted in colorful paintings resembling folk art. But young readers may find Stansfield's imaginative tale (which was first published in Australia) too complex and adult in tone.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description David R Godine Pub, 1986. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0879236280
Book Description David R Godine Pub, 1986. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110879236280