Life's Little Fable

Life's Little Fable

by Patricia Cornwell
     
 

In the land of pond there is no gravity and Jarrod, who has never fallen or felt heavy or learned to swim, wants to go into the pond, not knowing the grave danger that lurks there.  See more details below

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In the land of pond there is no gravity and Jarrod, who has never fallen or felt heavy or learned to swim, wants to go into the pond, not knowing the grave danger that lurks there.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
With her attempt at a fanciful fable, Patricia Cornwall fails in Life's Little Fable. She riddles her story with allegory, and, while attempting to define the mystery of life, places amorphous characters in an ambiguous setting. Cornwall may be expert at utilizing suspense in her adult books, but her internal rhymes and pseudo-spiritual lingo only lead to confusion in this children's book. Two important aspects of fables are roots and wings--flights of fancy should make sense. Many neophytes believe that in children's books all things are possible because you can use magic. But there's a trick to this magic stuff. A foundation of consistency and logic must support the fantasy. 1999, Putnam, Ages 4 to 8, $16.99. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-An adult writer does not a children's author make, as proven once again by this confusing, lifeless story. Jarrod lives in an alternative place where there is no gravity, which Cornwell describes in the following manner: "But sunlight did not make dark places called shadows in the land of the pond, and children could climb trees all day long and never fall from branch or frond." The boy nearly falls prey to his inquisitive nature and the "god of the pond," an evil crocodile that tries to tempt him into the water. Wearing "shorts made of tiger hide," he fights off the beast, somehow making his world a safe place to live. Cornwell's awkwardly stated sentences, which often attempt to rhyme, deter a smooth flow, and Gibson's pedestrian illustrations, while delivering some nice wildlife images, are generally unimaginative. This little fable falls flat.-Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399233166
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/24/1999
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
9.48(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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