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A City in Winter

Helprin, Mark

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ISBN 10: 0670868434 / ISBN 13: 9780670868438
Published by Viking Ariel, 1996
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Dedication to PO prior to title page. Jacket in mylar cover. 147 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 005841

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Title: A City in Winter

Publisher: Viking Ariel

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Van Allsburg, Chris

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: First Edition - First Printing

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Driven to avenge the murder of her royal parents and reclaim their lost kingdom, the daring young heroine and would-be queen journeys to the besieged city on the plain to seek out its eveil conqueror, the Usurper. Mark Helprin's spellbing tale reveals a city veiled in snow, at once divine and deadly. Van Allsburg's stunning illustrations supply a palpable richness which captures all the exhilarating expanse of the story. 13 color illustrations.

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Another ambitious and glossy collaboration between novelist Mark Helprin and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, continuing the story of Swan Lake, their earlier book that recreated the ballet classic for children. Emulating Maurice Sendak's reinterpretation of The Nutcracker, both the earlier book and A City in Winter abound in winter season atmosphere and fairy tale magic. At the end of Swan Lake, the unnamed little girl who has heard the story of a prince and his beautiful lover Odette usurped from their kingdom by evil forces, realizes that she is the daughter of the pair, and the rightful heir to the kingdom. As the sequel begins, the girl is now an adult, restored to the throne as queen. She recalls her return to the city at age ten, and tells how the restoration came about.

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