Far Away Across the Sea

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More stories; more letters; more birthdays: Toon Tellegen and Jessica Ahlberg have again created a unique collection of animal tales that will enchant children…and adults, too.
Tellegen's delightful short narratives conjure up a magical world where anything can happen: trees can talk and walk, a sand fly can lift an elephant, and a squirrel wakes to find that the sky is green. Ahlberg's delicate illustrations perfectly complement the beautiful...
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Overview

More stories; more letters; more birthdays: Toon Tellegen and Jessica Ahlberg have again created a unique collection of animal tales that will enchant children…and adults, too.
Tellegen's delightful short narratives conjure up a magical world where anything can happen: trees can talk and walk, a sand fly can lift an elephant, and a squirrel wakes to find that the sky is green. Ahlberg's delicate illustrations perfectly complement the beautiful and evocative writing.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Tellegen, a native of Holland, first crafted these 19 short stories as bedtime tales for his daughter. The low-key selections take place outdoors with plots involving interactions between anthropomorphic mammals, birds, insects, and sea creatures. A personable squirrel and ant are among the more frequently reoccurring characters. Squirrel has a conversation with a mussel and later inquisitively interviews an elephant with a secret. In one memorable story, a tree talks and walks. Ahlberg's delicate illustrations, generously intertwined with the text, add visual appeal and bring out selected details. Tellegen's gently humorous stories and Ahlberg's charming artwork are a pleasing match. The tales offer plenty of material to stimulate discussions among children and adults.—Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
Kirkus Reviews

In 19 more ineffable vignettes, Tellegen's cast of woodland creatures write letters to themselves ("Dear Squirrel, I don't know how I'm doing. Do you?"); touch on various metaphysical topics from whether a forgotten secret is still a secret to the nature of immeasurability ("it is, for example, how warm time is or who most loves the sky or is most birthdayed," explains the sparrow); and are variously moved, surprised, disappointed, angered or bemused by an incident or encounter at, frequently, a party or birthday celebration. As with the two previous collections published to introduce this Dutch author to English-language readers (Letters to Anyone and Everyone, 2009, etc.), the small trim size, supple paper and harmonic placement of text and Ahlberg's delicate, color illustrations on the page add up to appealing bookmaking, but the oblique, sometimes surreal nature of these fragments and mini-episodes will most likely keep the audience small and puzzled. (Belles lettres. 9-11, adult)


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781907152375
  • Publisher: Boxer Books
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 639,931
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.04 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Author and poet Toon Tellegen is one of the Netherlands' most celebrated writers. His animal stories have been translated into 19 languages and are cherished by children and parents the world over. He lives in Amsterdam.
 
Jessica Ahlberg, daughter of the acclaimed author-illustrator team Janet and Allen Ahlberg, studied at Winchester School of Art  and has illustrated several books for children. She lives in Brighton, England.
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