Twelve-year-old Sarah is told by her widowed father that she must leave the Frog Bay wilderness and go to school in the city to learn to speak English, but when the family that she lives with is cold and cruel, keeping her out of school, she earns the angel-like protection of a wise raven. Tour.
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Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. Set in Manitoba, this literary fairy tale concerns a girl whose Icelandic grandparents settled on the banks of Lake Winnipeg and never forgot the Cree people who helped them survive "the Hunger Year." They in turn helped a Cree family stricken by smallpox. Raised by her father in a log cabin on Lake Winnipeg, Sarah is sad but compliant when he sends her to live in the city, primarily to learn English. The cruel woman who promised to care for Sarah turns the girl into a house servant, but with the help of a raven, who sometimes transforms into a Cree man or woman, Sarah finds her way back to her father and meets her future husband as well. Valgardson weaves a taut narrative with threads of past and present and an element of magic that transcends time. This volume has more text than most picture books but still has at least one pencil, watercolor, and gouache illustration on every page. Delicate and precise, Wallace's luminous artwork has a quiet dignity and a dreamlike quality that suits the seamless story. Carolyn PhelanFrom Publishers Weekly:
Raised by her Icelandic-speaking father in a remote part of Lake Winnipeg in the early 1900s, motherless Sarah is sent to the city when she turns 12. She is supposed to be learning English, but, entrusted to the care of ruthless Mrs. Simpson, she becomes a virtual slave. Roundly abused at every turn, Sarah's treatment makes Sara Crewe's stay with Miss Minchin look like a visit to Canyon Ranch. But kind strangers intervene; they turn out to be the ghosts of Cree Indians whom Sarah's emigrant grandparents nursed during a deadly smallpox epidemic some 40 years before. The incarnation of romanticized suffering, Sarah may well attract fans of A Little Princess, who at the same time will be treated to a bit of Canadian history. Wallace's (Very Last First Time) delicate, somber watercolors underscore the plaintive tone. Working in a subdued, pale palette, he diffuses the harshness of the heroine's experiences in a rush of gentle light. Ages 6-8.
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Book Description Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre Ltd, Toronto, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. Wallace, Ian (illustrator). Reprinted. Bookseller Inventory # 6214
Book Description Groundwood Books, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110888992556
Book Description Groundwood Books, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Ian Wallace (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0888992556
Book Description Groundwood Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0888992556 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.2064599