East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon [NOOK Book]

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Remarkable collection ? the only complete edition of these wonderful tales ? contains scores of classic Norwegian tales made even more attractive by 77 illustrations by famed children's artists. Second only to Grimm.

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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East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon

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Overview


Remarkable collection — the only complete edition of these wonderful tales — contains scores of classic Norwegian tales made even more attractive by 77 illustrations by famed children's artists. Second only to Grimm.

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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Editorial Reviews

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.)
Publishers Weekly
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.
School Library Journal
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
Carolyn Phelan
Working within the romantic narrative tradition of Rackham and Dulac, Lynch creates a riveting picture-book version of this beloved Norwegian folktale. Children's literature historian Naomi Lewis introduces the story with an appreciation of its power and its history. A note acknowledges the use of the classic Dasent translation, with a few changes. The source notes are welcome, but best of all, beyond the introductory matter lies a beautifully illustrated tale, pleasing in design and layout and dramatic in interpretation. Lynch, a British artist whose previous books include Nesbit's "Melisande" and Yeats' "Fairy Tales from Ireland" , combines a fine sense of color, composition, and characterization with a welcome facility and grace in drawing the human figure. Here, he creates a series of watercolor pictures--dramatic double-page spreads as well as framed panels containing text, paintings, and understated borders reminiscent of Norse carvings. An edition worthy of the tale itself in its beauty, mystery, and narrative power.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486157597
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 7/16/2012
  • Series: Dover Children's Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 418
  • Sales rank: 1,126,902
  • File size: 23 MB
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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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Table of Contents

TRUE AND UNTRUE
"WHY THE SEA IS SALT,"
THE OLD DAME AND HER HEN
"EAST O' THE SUN AND WEST O' THE MOON,"
"BOOTS WHO ATE A MATCH WITH THE TROLL,"
"HACON GRIZZLEBEARD,"
"BOOTS WHO MADE THE PRINCESS SAY, "THAT'S A STORY,"
"THE TWELVE WILD DUCKS,"
"THE GIANT WHO HAD NO HEART IN HIS BODY,"
"THE FOX AS HERDSMAN,"
"THE MASTERMAID,"
"THE CAT ON THE DOVREFELL,"
"PRINCESS ON THE GLASS HILL,"
"HOW ONE WENT OUT TO WOO,"
"THE COCK AND HEN,"
THE MASTER-SMITH
"THE TWO STEP-SISTERS,"
"BUTTERCUP,"
TAMING THE SHREW
"SHORTSHANKS,"
"GUDBRAND ON THE HILL-SIDE,"
"THE BLUE BELT,"
"WHY THE BEAR IS STUMPY-TAILED,"
"NOT A PIN TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THEM,"
"ONE'S OWN CHILDREN ARE ALWAYS PRETTIEST,"
"THE THREE PRINCESSES OF WHITELAND,"
"THE LASSIE AND HER GODMOTHER,"
"THE THREE AUNTS,"
"THE COCK, THE CUCKOO, AND THE BLACKCOCK,"
"RICH PETER THE PEDLAR,"
"GERTURDE'S BIRD,"
"BOOTS AND THE TROLL,"
"GOOSEY GRIZZEL,"
"THE LAD WHO WENT TO THE NORTH WIND,"
"THE MASTER THIEF,"
"THE BEST WISH,"
"THE THREE BILLY-GOATS GRUFF,"
"WELL DONE AND ILL PAID,"
"THE HUSBAND WHO WAS TO MIND THE HOUSE,"
"DAPPLEGRIM,"
"FARMER WEATHERSKY,"
"LORD PETER,"
"THE SEVEN FOALS,"
THE WINDOW'S SON
"BUSHY BRIDE,"
"BOOTS AND HIS BROTHERS,"
"BIG PETER AND LITTLE PETER,"
"TATTERHOOD,"
"THE COCK AND HEN THAT WENT TO THE DOVREFELL,"
"KATIE WOODENCLOAK,"
"THUMBIKIN,"
"DOLL I' THE GRASS,"
"THE LAD AND THE DEIL,"
"THE COCK AND HEN A-NUTTING,"
"THE BIG BIRD DAN,"
"SORIA MORIA CASTLE,"
"BRUIN AND REYNARD,"
"TOM TOTHERHOUSE,"
"LITTLE ANNIE THE GOOSE-GIRL,"
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