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Kinderdike

Fisher, Leonard Everett (SIGNED)

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ISBN 10: 0027353656 / ISBN 13: 9780027353655
Published by New York, New York, U.S.A.: Atheneum, 1994
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Inscribed, signed and dated by Author in black ink on red front end page. Book is clean with some writing on inside front board. DJ is whole and clean with slight edge curl. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1170247463

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Title: Kinderdike

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Atheneum

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Retells the story of the founding of Kinderdike, a town in southern Holland whose name--meaning "the children's dike"--comes from the discovery of a baby and a kitten, found alive on a dike following a devastating flood.

From Publishers Weekly:

Exceptionally powerful illustrations honor the Dutch hamlet of Kinderdike, which, according to legend, was named after a baby who was found alive and well on a dike, having survived a fearful storm that caused enormous damage. The rhyming text is vacuous and the diction can be murky ("Here villagers fished in the summer parch. / Here they skated from December to March"), but the boldly colored acrylic paintings conjure up emotion and texture, adding real depth to the history of the town and its dike. With a more dynamic style than in many of his previous books ( Little's Frog's Song ; Jason and the Golden Fleece ), Fisher creates breathtaking views of canals and dikes, stunning for their simple graphics and dextrous use of light. Windmills spread their sails against a sky of constantly changing colors. Sumptuous hues convey fields of spring flowers, traditional clogs and clothing, small bridges over "criss-crossed canals" and, in one splendid painting, a rush of ice skaters, scarves streaming in the wind. The emotional landscape turns gray as the chaos of the storm whirls in, and shadows predominate until life is renewed once more, an affirmation underscored by a return to the triumphantly sunny palette. Ages 5-8.
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