A Redwall Winter's Tale

A Redwall Winter's Tale

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by Brian Jacques, Christopher Denise
     
 

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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.

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Fans of Brian Jacques's anthropomorphic Redwall series, which features a world inhabited by furry friends and woodland warriors, will no doubt delight in this whimsical tale of seasonal change. This is a more peaceful Redwall tale -- there are no battles being waged, and wordplay takes the place of swordplay -- but the creatures of Redwall are as intriguing as ever as they celebrate the last day of autumn with a festival of feasting and entertainment.

The skies are bleak and the air is chilled, but the residents of Redwall are in a cozy, celebratory mood. The abundance and beauty of autumn is at an end, but the arrival of winter, with its soft clouds of snow and pristine beauty, is eagerly anticipated. To celebrate, the creatures have put together a huge banquet of Redwall treats, including barley dumplings, chestnut bread, candied acorns, and celery cheese. An air of merriment infuses the festively decorated halls of the Abbey as the creatures eat their fill and enjoy the antics of a troupe of visiting entertainers -- hares, mousemaids, moles and otters who sing, dance, and juggle for their meals.

When the night's festivities are done, everyone snuggles into bed in anticipation of the arrival of the great white Snow Badger. Every beast must fall asleep quickly, for it is rumored that the Snow Badger will retreat in haste, taking his winter wonderland with him if anyone witnesses his magic. But a young, trouble-seeking mole named Bungo awakens shortly after the Snow Badger arrives, catching the Old Lord of Wintertide in the act. Will the young mole's impudence ruin winter for the creatures of Redwall? Or will the season of ice skating, tobogganing, and snowballing come as expected?

A smattering of poetry, a smidgen of dialect, and an anagram riddle provide plenty of wordplay in this heartwarming tale. Christopher Denise's colorful illustrations -- autumn scenes infused with rich, earthy colors and winter scenes that manage to look warm and inviting despite a bleak and chilly landscape -- add to the fun. This is Redwall at its celebratory best. (Beth Amos)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142401989
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/21/2004
Series:
Redwall Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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

Meet the Author

Brian Jacques has had many professions, including longshoreman, truck driver, and folk singer. In addition to his vast readership, Brian has earned a devoted army of listeners with his weekly radio program on BBC Merseyside. For this recording Brian himself leads a full cast of actors in bringing to life the advantures of the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 15, 1939
Date of Death:
February 5, 2011
Place of Birth:
Liverpool, England
Place of Death:
Liverpool, England
Education:
St. John¿s School, Liverpool, England
Website:
http://www.redwall.org

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A Redwall Winter's Tale 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
just like The Great Redwall Feast its adorable and has the trouble making Bungo. One of my favorite pictures is when the Snow Badger picked up little Bungo. And dont you think its clever how the Snow Badger sent Snow Hare's and they became snow flakes.Also wheres Mattimeo again? i hoped that he would be in either The Great Redwall Feast or in this one, to bad. Well i hope you enjoy the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are so adorable, the story is so ingenious, and Brian even puts poetry and a riddle in. Even though this book was meant for younger readers, I loved it. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Redwall Rules. From Bella of Brockhall to Russano the Wise, from Abbess Germaine to Abbess Mhera (Mhera from Taggerung) this is to be a wonderful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book, though not out yet, is destined to take it's place among the other great redwall books. the poetry is clever, and the illustrations perfect. if you are a true redwall fan like me, your collection of books is not complete without a redwall winter's tale
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no way this book could be something other than great if it is half the as good as the other redwall books. Do to the fact that this book is to be so good, if I were you, I would order it now to make sure I didn't have to wait a minute longer than I should to get it.