Faithful Friend

Faithful Friend

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by Robert D. San Souci, Brian Pinkney
     
 

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A friendship is tested by love and magic in this beautiful retelling of a traditional tale from the French West Indies.

On the lush tropical island of Martinique live Clement and Hippolyte, two inseparable friends. When Clement falls in love with the beautiful Pauline, Hippolyte agrees to join his best friend on his journey to propose marriage. But when

Overview

A friendship is tested by love and magic in this beautiful retelling of a traditional tale from the French West Indies.

On the lush tropical island of Martinique live Clement and Hippolyte, two inseparable friends. When Clement falls in love with the beautiful Pauline, Hippolyte agrees to join his best friend on his journey to propose marriage. But when Pauline accepts Clement’s proposal, it enrages her uncle Monsieur Zabocat—reputed to be a quimboiseur, a wizard. To prevent the wedding, the old wizard lures Hippolyte into a deadly trap, forcing him to choose between his friend’s safety and his own.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in Martinique, this impressive supernatural tale, which won a 1996 Caldecott Honor, "neatly distills the flavor of the French West Indies," said PW's starred review. Ages 5-8. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Victoria Crenson
This magical tale from the island of Martinique tells of two devoted friends, Clement and Hippolyte, who "were so close that the happiness of one was the happiness of both." Cursed by a quimboiseur (a wizard) and pursued by zombies, each friend offers to lay down his life for the other and thereby returns the curse to its wicked source. Pinkney's graceful scratchboard illustrations of bright island scenes full of banana trees and hibiscus blossoms contrast with moody night scenes when the beautiful zombies scheme.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-On the beautiful island of Martinique in the 19th century, good friends Hippolyte, the son of a French-born widow, and Clement, a rich landowner's son, set out to meet a young woman Clement has fallen hopelessly in love through her picture. At their destination, they encounter the prospective bride's frightening uncle, Monsieur Zabocat, purportedly a quimboiseur, or wizard, of the worst degree. After overcoming Zabocat's several curses, which lead both young men into many true tests of friendship, the couple is married and all ends happily. Pinkney's scratchboard and oil artwork switches from bright daytime hues for most of the book to purples and grays for scenes with the zombies and snakes, which are very effective. An afterword gives valuable information about the origins of the tale, and a glossary with pronunciation makes reading aloud and/or telling the tale a real pleasure. This excellent title contains all the elements of a well-researched folktale, and convincingly conveys the richness of the West Indian culture.-Marlene Lee, Broward County Library, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689824586
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
918,850
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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Robert D. San Souci and Brian Pinkney combine their talents in this beautiful retelling of a traditional tale from the French West Indies. The result is an extraordinary story of romance, intrigue, and incomparable courage in which the truest of friends remain faithful to the very end.

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Faithful Friend 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caldecott, Two young men have built a very strong bond like brothers. This story takes place on ¿the island of Martinique¿ with many twists and turns that make it a very exciting story. I think it is very important to let children know that we should be loyal to others in time of need. This story really hits on the true meaning of friendship. A native Californian, Robert D. San Souci was born in San Francisco and raised across the bay in Berkeley. Bibliography San Souci, Robert D. The Faithful Friend. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1995.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story that you can enjoy over and over. The book teaches you about love and friendship. It shows that acts or kindness and devotation are rewarded. The illustrations are also beautiful. It is a great book to teach your child about kindness, honestly. devotation and love.