Monday, January 4, 2016

Bibliophile's Corner

East of the Sun, West of the Moon
by Jackie Morris

Flap Copy Description:
From the moment she saw him, she knew the bear had come for her. How many times had she dreamt of the bear…. Now, here he was, as if spelled from her dreams.
“I will come with you, Bear,” she said.
It is the beginning of an extraordinary journey for the girl. First to the bear’s secret palace in faraway mountains, where she is treated so courteously, but where she experiences the bear’s unfathomable sadness, and a deep mystery…
As the bear’s secret unravels, another journey unfolds… a long and desperate journey, that takes the girl to the homes of the four Winds and beyond, to the castle east of the sun, west of the moon.

My Thoughts:
While I've read two other versions of this familiar fairy tale, but East of the Sun, West of the Moon by Jackie Morris is by far my favorite. This story is usually set in Scandinavia, but Ms. Morris wrote a tale that includes countries from around the globe. In so doing, this story is much more complex, and should appeal to a more diverse audience. In addition to the well-written text, Ms. Morris has included her beautiful illustrations; I have admired her amazing art for some time. I highly recommend East of the Sun, West of the Moon to readers from the ages of eight to eighty!

Click here to learn more about the author/illustrator, Jackie Morris.

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