Hearts of Wood: And Other Timeless Tales

Hearts of Wood: And Other Timeless Tales

by William Kotzwinkle, Joe Servello

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Collaborators Kotzwinkle and Servello have again brought out the best in each other in this collection of stories, some of which were available in a previous edition. In ``The Fairy King,'' a logger descends into the core of the tree and becomes king of the fairies for thousands of years, and then lives out his life wondering if it was all a dream. Carousel animals enjoy freedom in the title story but return in time to aid their former owner. ``The Dream of Chuang'' expands on the story of the wise man who wonders if he is a man dreaming of being a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming that he is a man. Each of Kotzwinkle's tellings is thought-provoking and entertaining, in a language reminiscent of all fairy tales. Servello's black-and-white pictures have a tenuous quality, conveying the other-worldly aspect of the tales. (All ages)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 Five original stories in which carousel animals come alive; a butterfly collector changes professions after spending one day as a butterfly; a lumberjack becomes Fairy King; a worthless idler learns the secret of eternal life; and an artist paints horses so real that they leave the canvas. Magic elements are gracefully incorporated in these stories, each of which is finely crafted. Kotzwinkle's carefully chosen words and compact plotting have more impact when read aloud or alone than when retold. Expressive cross-hatched pen-and-ink drawings are well suited to the formal, ``literary'' style of the prose. Susan H. Patron, Los Angeles Public Library

Product Details

Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
Edition description:
1st Edition
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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