Little Yau: A Fuzzhead Tale

Little Yau: A Fuzzhead Tale

by Janell Cannon, Jannell Cannon
     
 

Little Yau wants nothing more than for the Wise Ones to teach her the great secrets of the mountains. But when her best friend, Trupp, is in grave danger, Yau's dreams are nearly forgotten in her quest to help him. Only one thing will save Trupp, and only Yau has seen where it is. (Not even the Wise Ones know.) But finding it means venturing into the treacherous

Overview

Little Yau wants nothing more than for the Wise Ones to teach her the great secrets of the mountains. But when her best friend, Trupp, is in grave danger, Yau's dreams are nearly forgotten in her quest to help him. Only one thing will save Trupp, and only Yau has seen where it is. (Not even the Wise Ones know.) But finding it means venturing into the treacherous world of humans!
Bestselling author-illustrator Janell Cannon introduces the endearing Little Yau in a story about loyalty and friendship that brims with humor, emotion, and suspense. The world is a big place—is Little Yau ready?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cannon (Stellaluna) returns to the land of the Fuzzheads for this tale with an ecological message. Little Yau longs to become sufficiently accomplished at mixing plants into healing medicines that the Wise Ones, the eldest Fuzzheads, will invite her to the mountains to teach her "the great secrets." After bungling her exam in the medicine cave, Yau goes in search of her best friend, Trupp, who encountered the human world in the inaugural volume about the Fuzzheads and has been away a long time. She finds him unconscious, and summons the Wise Ones. Cannon paints the triumvirate perched on the "Great Arch," a terra cotta stone that arcs against a mystical blue sky, overlooking the mountains. The arid landscape calls to mind breathtaking vistas such as the Grand Canyon or Sedona, a worthy perch for these spiritual leaders. The Wise Ones help her determine that he has fallen ill to "poison from the human garden." Only the thumbfoot leaf will cure the ailing young patient, but when Yau (camouflaged in human garb) goes to retrieve the plant, she discovers human developments in place of the thumbfoot's usual habitat. These paintings pale when compared to the Fuzzheads' homeland, and the message here tends to overshadow the story. But Trupp's fans will likely enjoy seeing his further adventures through the eyes of his best buddy. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Cannon revisits the reclusive, catlike Fuzzheads introduced in Trupp (1999), for an offbeat rite-of-passage tale. When apprentice herbalist Yau finds her errant friend Trupp unconscious, victim of a human poison, she accompanies Wise Ones Rowl, Rup, and Eermp into human territory in search of the rare vine that provides the only cure. As before, though Fuzzheads look like crosses between pumas and polar bears in Cannon’s liquidly realistic paintings, once they don clothing and stand on two legs, the people they meet don’t seem to notice that they’re different. Several nerve-wracking encounters later, Yau finds the vine, rushes it back in time to save Trupp, and earns an invitation from the Wise Ones to move on to the next level of study. As is her wont, Cannon pairs a wordy but uncomplicated adventure to whimsical, technically accomplished art—giving readers of both simple and sophisticated taste something to appreciate. (Picture book. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152017910
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
10.22(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile:
AD440L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

JANELL CANNON is the award-winning author and illustrator of picture books about unappreciated and fascinating creatures. Some of her books—including Crickwing, Verdi, and the beloved bestseller Stellaluna—feature characters that can be found in the natural world. The Fuzzheads in Trupp and Little Yau often are thought to be imaginary, but no one really knows for sure. Ms. Cannon lives in Southern California.

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