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The Prince of Tarn
     

The Prince of Tarn

by Hazel Hutchins, Ruth Ohi (Illustrator)
 

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Fred can't believe the Prince is actually standing in his bedroom. Are his mom's stories becoming real? He tries to send the Prince back home to his magical kingdom of Tarn, but in the meantime the Prince barks orders at everyone, including Fred's teacher. It is only when Tarn is being destroyed that they find a way to get there--and in the process each boy finds

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Fred can't believe the Prince is actually standing in his bedroom. Are his mom's stories becoming real? He tries to send the Prince back home to his magical kingdom of Tarn, but in the meantime the Prince barks orders at everyone, including Fred's teacher. It is only when Tarn is being destroyed that they find a way to get there--and in the process each boy finds that the other isn't so bad after all.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6Just before midnight on Fred's 11th birthday, the Prince of Tarn appears in the boy's bedroom. Who, you might ask, is the Prince of Tarn? He is a book character from an imaginary kingdom created by Fred's mother some years earlier, before she died. Haughty, arrogant, and spoiled rotten, the Prince is indignant at being sent to this strange world by the wizard, Ezran. Hisroy (short for His Royal Highness) is too self-absorbed to realize that it is for his own protection and that Tarn is being destroyed, or to be more accurate, is returning to its natural, densely forested state. Comical adventures abound as a make-believe character learns that cars aren't monsters that eat people and that cold pizza is excellent for breakfast. In the end, Fred and his friend Rebecca travel to Tarn to help save it, though in the process, Fred gives up the precious hand-lettered, leather-bound book his mother wrote for him. At times, The Prince of Tarn sparkles with commentary about the nature of stories and the imagination. For example, the father recalls that while Fred's mother was writing, "mist used to leak from under the doorway. And the smell of cooking. And the noise of sword fights." At other times, phrases seem stilted, and even trite, especially in regard to the expression of feelings, "everything felt all weird." An engaging premise that doesn't entirely satisfy.Robin L. Gibson, Muskingum County Library System, Zanesville, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550374391
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Hazel Hutchins is a master of compelling stories for young people. She has written more than twenty-five books for children and has won numerous awards, including the Mr. Christie's Book Award, the Silver Birch Award and inclusion in the White Raven Collection of the International Youth Library in Munich.

Ruth Ohi has illustrated many of Hazel Hutchins's picture books. Her joyous, sensitive, and humorous illustrations are familiar to families all over North America.

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