Rosalind and the Little Deer

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Publishers Weekly
Beskow wrote and illustrated dozens of children’s books in her native Sweden in the early 20th century. In this one, first published in 1924, Rosalind’s beloved deer bolts at the appearance of a hunter and is captured by the king, who claps the delicate creature in a golden cage. Desolate, the captive refuses to eat, and the king offers a sack of gold coins to anyone who can feed it. Helped by the hunter and his dog, Rosalind stands up to the King’s might. “The King will lock you in the dungeon! Run away while you can!” Rosalind is warned. “I will,” she replies, “if I can take my little deer.” (True enough, Rosalind does indeed get locked up.) Beskow pokes gentle fun at adults who assume that money and power can induce others to do what they want, but perplexing and convenient plot developments (the hunter is imprisoned by the king for not having a dog on a leash, but is released, inexplicably, just in time to free Rosalind) may leave readers with questions. Ages 4–up. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
A little girl's grandfather is sad because he cannot paint, so she tells him to make a picture book with her, in this tale translated from Swedish and originally published in 1924. In their convincingly childlike story, Rosalind is sleeping in the meadow under a linden tree, with her deer nearby. A hunter comes by with his dog and points his gun at the deer, which runs away. The wakened and distraught Rosalind wants her deer friend back, and the hunter promises to return it unharmed. But the deer is captured by the king and put in a golden cage, where it refuses to eat. The hunter is locked up for allowing his dog to run free, but he sends the dog to Rosalind with a note written in charcoal, and she takes her walking stick and her linden flowers and sets off. The deer eagerly devours the linden, but the king locks up Rosalind, too, and will not let them go. Fortunately, the entire court takes a nap, the hunter frees Rosalind and her deer, and they all gambol freely and happily beneath the linden. The pictures are simple but detailed, with the colors and aspect of old prints. The king picks apples in his crown and golden coat; the hunter's dark stone dungeon is equipped with a fireplace and a stool; the hunter, despite the presence of his gun (which disappears in the last scene) is content to blow his horn at the end. Sweetly illogical and very old-fashioned. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863157943
  • Publisher: Floris Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 821,289
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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