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"Song of the Jackalope" draws on the image of a legendary animal whose history as a myth is not fully known. By one account, the first white man who claimed to see a jackalope was an old western trapper. As the legend grew, there were stories of cowboys hearing humanlike voices singing to them from lonely hillsides or prairies at night. The melodies, it was said, were those of the jackalope, a creature of remarkable vocal abilities and very fleet of foot. Now the legendary "critter" comes alive in an unusual book that is written as juvenile fiction, but offers adult appreciation as well. Its setting is in the picturesque landscape of the southwest; there are 76 hand drawn illustrations that bring the scenes and characters to life.
The story itself centers on a handicapped young jackalope named Molly who undergoes a series of surprising and revealing adventures. Possessed of a gifted singing voice, she is befriended by Grandal, a shadowy old jack rabbit of mystical origin. Other characters of interest enter the plot, and Molly finds herself increasingly challenged by unusual circumstances, moving to a finale which is unexpected but uplifting in emotion and spirit. Decidedly alegorical, there are some humorous episodes and character traits that most people will recognize. Fifth grade to adult.
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As a first time writer, Baba Roy has made a significant step into the midst of quality children's literature. This is a book about entertainment and action, about mystery, about the natural world and finally about values. We are hoping for a sequel that may follow as the reading public becomes more acquainted with "Song of the Jackalope". For book owners and collectors that are concerned with long term durability, this first edition is superbly hard bound with dust cover. It is gold foil stamped with its pages printed on 80 lb. recycled paper, designed to last for several generations. Fireside Books is the proud producer of a book that not only is beautiful and durable but also should be as relevant and enjoyable fifty years from now as it is today.From the Author:
As an older adult, I am entering the arena of childrens' stories quite cautiously. The challenge has been to write something that not only excites and entertains, but also informs and conveys values important to our own culture. Children will always harken to stories and images that stir the imagination; the element of mystery is also a powerful attraction. These things and more, I learned from my own reading as a child. So now in writing "Song of the Jackalope", I endeavored to bring all of these elements together with the hope of creating something that can make its own small statement to our times
Perhaps the readers, young and old, will find a measure of identity with little Molly Jackalope. With all of her dreams, fears and exultations, she is still a very finite little creature. A certain degree of mysticism enters the story, and some of the interpretation of that will depend upon the reader. In all cases, the presence of the original illustrations drawn by David Bosworth help to bring life and dimension to the whole book. For this, I am very grateful.
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