The Midsummer Bride

The Midsummer Bride

by Barbara Leonie Picard, Alan Marks
     
 

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Riding around his castle early one midsummer's day, Count Alaric stumbles upon a beautiful maiden. Smiling graciously, she says she does not know where she is from, or where she is going. He calls her Catherine and falls in love with her. And when she agrees to become his wife, Alaric hopes they will live a long and happy life together.
Yet every time Alaric

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Riding around his castle early one midsummer's day, Count Alaric stumbles upon a beautiful maiden. Smiling graciously, she says she does not know where she is from, or where she is going. He calls her Catherine and falls in love with her. And when she agrees to become his wife, Alaric hopes they will live a long and happy life together.
Yet every time Alaric looks into his young bride's eyes, she seems to be thinking of something else. One day he finds her dancing all by herself, with no music playing. Then he notices that every year she disappears from the castle on midsummer's eve, only to return at dawn with no memories of the night past. He suspects there is a deep mystery in Catherine's past. What he does not know is that to save her, the Count has to sacrifice his love for her. This lyrical, romantic fairy tale is written by acclaimed children's author Barbara Picard and graced by Alan Marks's evocative watercolors.

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"Marks's watercolors add a misty flavor of magic to Picard's tender telling of her own fairy tale."—Kirkus Reviews

"Marks' misty, blue-shaded watercolors capture the delicacy and strength of Picard's original fairy tale, where the indefinable is powerful, and true love is part of the wind and sky."—Booklist

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-A picture-book version of a story abridged from Picard's Selected Fairy Tales (Oxford, 1995) that will appeal to the romantically inclined. Count Alaric encounters a beautiful maiden on a midsummer's day. The young woman cannot tell him her name, from whence she came, or whither she is going, but Alaric takes her to his castle, names her Catherine, and marries her. As he later learns, she is of the fairy folk and is destined to return to them unless he can offer her a perfect love. It is only when Alaric is willing to give Catherine up to spare her "even a moment's sorrow" that she is able to stay with him forever. Marks's watercolor illustrations capture the dreaminess of the story. Although not essential, this tale is certainly pleasant enough.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192798794
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/09/1999
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)

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