Redwall Winter's Tale

Redwall Winter's Tale

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by Brian Jacques
     
 

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On the last day of autumn, the Redwallers are preparing for some special guests: a troupe of traveling players who promise an evening of entertainment in exchange for a grand feast. The merriment continues far into the evening, until it's time for sleepy Dibbuns to be tucked in their beds with a story: the tale of Snow Badger, Lord of Wintertide, who comes on the… See more details below

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On the last day of autumn, the Redwallers are preparing for some special guests: a troupe of traveling players who promise an evening of entertainment in exchange for a grand feast. The merriment continues far into the evening, until it's time for sleepy Dibbuns to be tucked in their beds with a story: the tale of Snow Badger, Lord of Wintertide, who comes on the first night of winter, bringing snow across the land.

As they did in The Great Redwall Feast, Christopher Denise's warm pastel illustrations and Brian Jacques' magical words take young readers straight to the heart of Redwall. Fans, young and old, will be enchanted by this delightful winter's tale, spun by a master storyteller.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In A Redwall Winter's Tale, a picture-book follow-up to The Great Redwall Feast, a troupe of traveling entertainers visits the abbey to commemorate the arrival of Snow Badger, Lord of Wintertide. But a fanciful bedtime story leaves Bungo the molebabe wondering what is real and what is fantasy. Christopher Denise's illustrations capture the waning sunlight and complement the alternating prose and verse. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Many of Redwall's most famous characters appear in this illustrated tale that is perfect for reading aloud while gathered around a cozy fire. It is the last day of autumn, and guests are expected at Redwall Abbey. A traveling troupe of performers appears and delights the abbey inhabitants during a great winter feast. One of the performers charms the children with a bedtime story about the Snow Badger, who brings Wintertide. The Snow Badger visits during the evening, blanketing the area with snow perfect for a day's frolicking¾soon snowballs fly. Sections of the tale are told in verse, interspersed with prose¾often written in dialect that makes it delicious to read aloud. The illustrations evoke the fun and friendships well. The tale stands alone; no prior knowledge of the Redwall saga is required so it is perfect for younger readers who may later graduate to the full-length books. 2001, Philomel/Penguin Putnam, $18.99. Ages 6 to 10. Reviewer: Dr. Judy Rowen
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-The inhabitants of Redwall Abbey are celebrating Autumn's final day and the coming of Winter. When the entertaining and feasting are over, the Abbeybabes are taken to the nursery dormitory and told the story of how Snow Badger comes to earth every winter to coat the ground with snow. Only Bulbrock Badger still believes in him, and wears a parchment scroll around his neck as the souvenir of their meeting long ago. Early the next morning, as Snow Badger is just finishing coating the windowpanes with frost, Baby Bungo pokes his head out to meet him. Of course no one believes the mole-babe, until Bulbrock notices that he now also wears a parchment scroll around his neck. Solving the riddle on it will prove Snow Badger's existence. The narration disconcertingly bursts into rhyme often, sometimes with poetic asides and sometimes just continuing the story. Some of the creatures speak in dialect, which would be wonderful to hear but is difficult to read. Denise's illustrations are reminiscent of the color plates in the original book, done by Troy Howell, but with major changes. The earth-toned palette is cranked up to maximum brightness, the focus is softer and less detailed, and all of the creatures look fat and happy, perhaps reflecting a more peaceful time. It is hard to imagine the audience for this book. It is too long, rambling, and descriptive for preschool storyhours or beginning readers, although it could be shared as a lap-book with one or a few children. Older children who love the "Redwall" series (Philomel) for the excitement, conflict, and danger will be disappointed to find none of those elements here. Of course, true fans will need to read it, if only because it's here.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780099432876
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Age Range:
12 Years

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DeniseÆs appealing, cozy illustrations perfectly capture the feel of the text. (Booklist)

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