BN.com Gift Guide

The Dancing Deer and the Foolish Hunter

Overview

In this funny, original tale, a foolish hunter spies a deer dancing deep in the forest. "Wowie-kazowie!" he cries. "A deer I can sell to the circus! Great gumballs-my fortune is made!" With a swirl of his lasso he captures the deer and brings her home. But to his dismay, the deer tells him she won't dance without the sweet singing of birds. And when the hunter snares them, they won't sing without the pine trees whistling along. And the pines won't whistle without the sea breeze blowing softly, and so on, until ...
See more details below
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

In this funny, original tale, a foolish hunter spies a deer dancing deep in the forest. "Wowie-kazowie!" he cries. "A deer I can sell to the circus! Great gumballs-my fortune is made!" With a swirl of his lasso he captures the deer and brings her home. But to his dismay, the deer tells him she won't dance without the sweet singing of birds. And when the hunter snares them, they won't sing without the pine trees whistling along. And the pines won't whistle without the sea breeze blowing softly, and so on, until the deer convinces the hunter to put everything back and cleverly shows him another, better way to find his fortune. With brilliant playfulness in text and art, this story makes an important point about the interconnectedness of all things-and the joy of dancing!
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Kleven's (Sun Bread) relatively lengthy tale about the interconnectedness of all living things, an opportunistic hunter discovers that he can neither take the deer out of the woods nor the woods out of the deer. When the hunter spies a deer joyfully dancing in the forest, he's sure he has stumbled upon a moneymaking miracle. But once he lassoes the creature and takes her to his house, the deer doesn't seem so miraculous. "To dance, I need the sweet singing of birds," the deer explains. Netting some birds and bringing them indoors to accompany the deer doesn't work either. "To sing, they need the pine trees whistling along with them," according to the deer. After several other failed attempts to simulate the great outdoors in his living room, the hunter returns all the animals, plants and elements to their habitats and gets a dancing lesson as thanks. More narrative in style than some of her other work, Kleven's mixed-media compositions vary between framed, slightly static scenes and images that swirl and sway through the text like the light-footed doe. Particularly nifty collage elements include marbled paper birds' wings and, for the buildings in the hunter's town, scraps from newspapers and advertisements. Kleven's signature kaleidoscopic blend of color and texture and her respect-for-nature theme never disappoint. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The message of the interdependence of all creatures is delivered with humor in this tale of a young hunter's capture of a dancing deer. But the deer cannot dance without the song of birds. The captured birds require the whistling of the pine trees, the trees need the sea breeze, which misses the sea, which can't be happy without living fish. The disgruntled hunter realizes he cannot get rich from the dancing deer, for he must return everything to the place it belongs in nature. But when the deer teaches him how to dance, he finds both joy and satisfaction in the forest. Kleven uses bits of all sorts of cut papers and a few brush strokes of paint to create scenes filled with joyous action. There is an innocence in the depictions of the animals and a directness of vision that projects light-heartedness with anticipation of the happy ending. 2002, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, $16.99. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-In this allegorical tale told in colloquial language ("Wowie-kazowie, a dancing deer"), a modern-day hunter finds a dancing, talking deer in the forest and drags her home to sell to the circus. When she won't dance and sadly says she needs the music of the birds, he captures some. But in chain reaction, the birds need the soft whistling of the pine trees, which need the sea breeze, which needs the salty sea, which needs a fish, who needs his mother. "How am I supposed to find his mother?" the exasperated hunter asks. The wise deer suggests that if he replaces the fish, the fish will find her all by himself. The foolish hunter realizes, at the deer's suggestion, that he could put back everything, free the deer, and with her teaching become a dancer himself. Which he does. Kleven's signature colorful collage illustrations sing with light and movement and the hunter's return to the forest to leap and dance for four glorious spreads represents pure joy. While the opening quote from John Muir that "Whenever we try to isolate anything in the universe, we find that it's hitched up to everything else," is a worthy message, there is another one as well. The artwork depicts the unendearing hunter's crass materialism; the print on the city's buildings reminds residents to eat, consume, and buy; and the protagonist snaps, yells, and acts imperiously. The author may also be suggesting that to save our gentler selves, we may need to get out of our cities altogether.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Kleven (Sun Bread, 2001, etc.) folds folkloric elements into this original tale, just as she incorporates yarn, swatches of cloth, cut paper, and bits of photos into her brightly busy paintings. The dancing deer captured by a greedy hunter explains that it won't dance except to birdsong. The hunter rushes out to snare some birds-but they won't sing unless inspired by wind in the pines. Out he goes again, to uproot some trees . . . and so on, until at last the exhausted hunter learns his lesson, returns the captives crowding his apartment to the wild, and asks the deer to teach him to dance. The contrast between the hunter's barrenly geometric urban space and the verdant, freeform woodland visually underlines Kleven's theme, as does the transformation of the hunter's angular, angry stance to the exuberant, wide-open, very Chris Raschka-like curves of his closing dance. Part eco-awareness tract, part trickster tale, this delivers a heavily earnest message just lightly enough to keep it from sinking under its own weight. (Picture book. 6-9)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623520380
  • Publisher: IntoPrint Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/7/2013
  • Pages: 34
  • Sales rank: 619,686
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.09 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)