Fox's Kettle

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Victor Bosson Receives Nomination for 1998 Governor General's Literary Awards - Canada's Highest Literary Honor

20 October 1998 - The Canada Council for the Arts today announced the nominees for this years Governor General's Literary Awards. Victoria, British Columbia illustrator Victor Bosson was nominated in the Children's Literature - Illustration category, for his just-released book The Fox's Kettle, written by Laura Langston and published ...

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Victor Bosson Receives Nomination for 1998 Governor General's Literary Awards - Canada's Highest Literary Honor

20 October 1998 - The Canada Council for the Arts today announced the nominees for this years Governor General's Literary Awards. Victoria, British Columbia illustrator Victor Bosson was nominated in the Children's Literature - Illustration category, for his just-released book The Fox's Kettle, written by Laura Langston and published by Orca Book Publishers.

Meticulously researched and finely written and illustrated, The Fox's Kettle is an original tale that celebrates the triumph of a brave and gentle heart over the forces of magic and power. In old Japan, the daughter of a village innkeeper extends hospitality to a samurai who turns out to be a fox, a magical creature who can use his powers for evil as well as good. But the fox, pleased by Akoya's courtesy, rewards her with a black kettle. He tells her that, as long as she cares for it as if it were her own child, the village rice crops will flourish. All goes well until Akoya is ordered to leave her belongings to join the landowner's household. With the kettle no longer in her care, the rice crops fail and her village faces starvation. Brave Akoya must now set out to confront the angry foxes and persuade them to save the village and restore her to her home.

Victor Bosson is an award-winning artist and illustrator whose expert depictions of Japanese culture garnered him an invitation to exhibit his works in Japan, an honour rarely bestowed on a non-Japanese artist. Mr Bosson contends with Multiple Sclerosis; as his physical abilities have changed over the years, so have his tools of artisitic expression. He now uses a computer to create his stunning images.

The Fox's Kettle is Victor's second book for children. His first, The Magic Ear, also a collaboration with Laura Langston, was also very well-received. In addition to this Governor General's Literary Awards nomination, The Fox's Kettle received a starred "Our Choice" designation from the Children's Book Centre, their highest honor and was called "dramatic and engaging" by Quill & Quire.

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Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This is a fascinating, yet complicated folk tale of a young and beautiful Japanese girl named Akoya. A gifted storyteller, Akoya lives with her family in the inn that they operate near the edge of the rice fields. Akoya relates the story of a fox, dressed as a samurai, who visits her family one night. The fox promises Akoya that, if she feeds him, he will give her a magic kettle. If she cares for the kettle properly, prosperity in the form of good rice fields will always come to her homeland and its people. One day, the chief landlord sends for Akoya, for he has heard of her storytelling and beauty. He decides to keep her at his home for his amusement. Akoya is distressed, for she can no long care for the kettle. Thus, hard times fall upon her homeland. The samurai fox returns to Akoya, and admonishes her for not keeping her promise. Together they connive to fool the landowner and return Akoya to her parents. The lovely Japanese illustrations add mystery and beauty to this folktale of old Japan. Some adult explanation of why the landlord can take Akoya from her family may be necessary.
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K-Gr 4-This original story set in old Japan is told with the flowing style of a traditional tale. Akoya, a beautiful, gifted storyteller, lives with her parents at their inn. One night, a samurai comes begging for a meal and she takes pity on him, although her parents say that he is really a fox and can't be trusted. For payment, he gives her a black kettle saying, "If you care for it like your own child, rice will always grow in the village fields." Each time she polishes it, three foxes jump out. When she feeds them, they turn into three strong men and plant and nurture her father's fields. Trouble comes when a rich landowner demands that she move to his mansion. Akoya's mother refuses to feed a samurai fox and the next morning the kettle is gone. The crops wither, the foxes are blamed, and a hunt is planned. Akoya then comes up with a clever plan that will allow her to escape the landowner, return to her aging parents, grow a good rice crop, and feed the foxes in thanks. Langston blends strong characterization and story line with magic, power, and the satisfaction of goodness triumphing over evil. Colorful and detailed watercolor, pencil-crayon, and computer-pixel illustrations add to the story, which begs to be shared aloud.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551431321
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.03 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.15 (d)

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