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A beloved Norwegian folktale, EAST O' THE SUN AND WEST O' THE MOON is the romantic story of a bewitched prince and the determined lassie who loves him. It has everything a classic epic tale should have: rags and riches, hags and heroism, magic and mystery, a curse and a quest, wicked trolls, a shape-shifting ...

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Overview

"This wondrous tale is brilliantly matched by Lynch's elegant yet accessible watercolors. . . .The best edition now available. Bravo!" —KIRKUS REVIEWS (pointered review)

A beloved Norwegian folktale, EAST O' THE SUN AND WEST O' THE MOON is the romantic story of a bewitched prince and the determined lassie who loves him. It has everything a classic epic tale should have: rags and riches, hags and heroism, magic and mystery, a curse and a quest, wicked trolls, a shape-shifting bear, and finally, a happy ending. Kate Greenaway Medalist P.J. Lynch has created a luminous backdrop worthy of this grand adventure, transporting readers to a world of fantasy and imagination.

A girl travels east of the sun and west of the moon to free her beloved prince from a magic spell.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This expansively illustrated edition of a well-loved epic romance, told here in Sir George Webbe Dasent's 1859 translation from the Norwegian, has lost none of its Gothic beauty and irresistible power. Dasent's translation is a real page-turner, told in a relaxed, conversational style that manages to be at once soothing and suspenseful. Readers will follow eagerly the plight of the beautiful, unnamed lassie, who must travel to a far-off kingdom to rescue her beloved prince from the clutches of an evil--and very ugly--bride. Only a rather swift resolution sounds a slightly jarring note in the otherwise engrossing tale. Lynch's sweeping paintings in dark greens and browns, with their large close-ups and exciting shifts in perspective, expertly capture the story's heroic scale. Several spreads are especially noteworthy: the dizzying bird's-eye-view of the heroine and her bear, dwarfed by the palace's massive architecture; the North Wind, rising from the mists like a bearded Old Testament patriarch, carrying the speck of a girl on his back as the seas roil below. The book's lavish endpapers, in the style of an Old World cartographer, point the way to this enticing kingdom east o' the sun and west o' the moon. Ages 4-up. (Oct.)
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P.J. Lynch's many fans will cheer the return of East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon, the Norwegian fairy tale, trans. by George Webbe Dasent. In a starred review of the book, upon its original U.S. publication in 1992, PW wrote, "Lynch's sweeping paintings, with their large close-ups and exciting shifts in perspective, expertly capture the story's heroic scale." Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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K-Gr 4 Barlow has created vibrant watercolor and colored pencil illustrations to accompany the classic George Webbe Dasent translation of this popular Norwegian folk tale. Each full-page illustration and its facing page of text are bordered by two bands of contrasting colorsome marbleized, some lined, some figuredseparated by double lines of sharper colors. These borders both embolden the text and create the effect of looking through the window into the scene. Many of the paintings have a folk art quality about them due to Barlow's simple rendering of people, clothing, and furnishings. Details abound: patterns in clothing and furniture, gnarling of tree branches and detailing of household objects. Of the three individual editions now in print, Barlow's illustrations are neither as ethereal as Michael Hague's (HBJ, 1980) nor as romantic as Mercer Mayer's (Four Winds, 1980), yet it is appealing in its own right. Only Barlow's edition has the original text. Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564024374
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Works in Translation Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

P.J. Lynch read this story many years before he thought to illustrate it. "In order to get the scenery and costumes right," he says, "I went to Norway and spent time at their National Gallery." The illustrator was also fortunate enough to have a friend who didn’t mind being a model for the witches in the story. P.J. Lynch has illustrated many award-winning books, including THE BEE-MAN OF ORN, THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY, GRANDAD'S PRAYERS OF THE EARTH, IGNIS, and WHEN JESSIE CAME ACROSS THE SEA. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
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  • Posted December 20, 2008

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    Encapsulates My Childhood

    I remember my dad reading this to me when I was really young and being fascinated by the illustrations and the story. I guess it fostered my love for anything fairy-tale related and fantastical. All in all, this is a great love story and fairy tale. The illustrations are breathtaking. The title has actually always been my favorite part of the book. There was a period when I was about seven when I was convinced I would find the land "east o' the sun and west o' the moon."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 1999

    My Quest Ends Here

    I read this tale in a dusty reader in Grandma's attic years ago. Ever since I've been searching for annother copy. This is the favorite story I remember, told again in beautiful words and pictures. This volume is the worthy object of my many years quest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

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    This story is very very sweet. Yesterday's Cinderella story. A very nice read.

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