The Old Countryby Mordicai Gerstein
From the winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal comes a memorable new work, a novel of singular insight and imagination that transports readers to the Old Country, where "all the fairy tales come from, where there was magic and there was war." There, Gisella stares a moment too long into the eyes of a fox, and she and the fox exchange shapes. Gisella's quest to
From the winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal comes a memorable new work, a novel of singular insight and imagination that transports readers to the Old Country, where "all the fairy tales come from, where there was magic and there was war." There, Gisella stares a moment too long into the eyes of a fox, and she and the fox exchange shapes. Gisella's quest to get her girl-body back takes her on a journey across a war-ravaged country that has lost its shape. She encounters magic, bloodshed, and questions of power and justice until finally, looking into the eyes of the fox once more, she faces a strange and startling choice about her own nature. Part adventure story and part fable; exciting, beautifully told, rich in humor and wisdom, The Old Country is the work of an artist and storyteller at the height of his powers.
Terri L. Lent
The New York Times
"Its richness in language and imagery and its snatches of humor will offer layers of inquiry and discussion."
"Gerstein ... skillfully shapes a story ... Vividly descriptive."
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"THE OLD COUNTRY is an excellent read-aloud book for all ages."
- Roaring Brook Press
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- First Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 6.01(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 10 - 14 Years
Meet the Author
Mordicai Gerstein received the 2004 Caldecott Medal for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. He lives in Northhampton, Massachusetts.
- Northhampton, Massachusetts
- Date of Birth:
- November 25, 1935
- Place of Birth:
- Los Angeles, California
- Chouinard Institute of Art
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The Old Country is a short and sweet fairy tail at its heart, but the exceptional writing, interesting twists, and social commentary make it a standout. The writing style is interestingly childish despite being written in 3rd person, yet is never lacking in perceptiveness and also has the advantage of being oddly poetic. In fact, I'd have to say that the writing is my favorite part of this, mostly due to the excellent word choice. Another highlight is the twist ending, which while not very difficult to predict, still packs a punch. Similarly, the rather transparent commentary on the futility of war is still effective and a worthwhile addition. Overall, The Old Country may be too simplistic for some, but I found it a refreshing read.