A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North

A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North

by Peter Sís, Peter Sis
     
 

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A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor for Picture Book

Peter Sís has written and illustrated many books for children, including the Caldecott Honor books Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei and Tibet Through the Red Box. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

"Not to be missed." (Kirkus Reviews)

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A Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor for Picture Book

Peter Sís has written and illustrated many books for children, including the Caldecott Honor books Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei and Tibet Through the Red Box. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

"Not to be missed." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Sís uses his considerable imagination to enlarge upon the stories he remembers from his childhood to create a lively, modern tall tale about Jan Welzl, a folk hero in Sís's native Czechoslovakia. Welzl finds the freedom he seeks in the vast, frozen Arctic, where he has many fantastic adventures . . . The myriad, meticulous recorded details in the illustrations will be best appreciated upon close inspection. (The Horn Book)

"The artwork is a fascinating series of scenes in mottled watercolors with precise pen-and-ink drawings and stamped figures of arctic animals, snowflakes, and the like. The overall effect is mysterious . . . children will enjoy poring over the detailed drawings and maps and fitting the story together." (Booklist)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North by Peter S s chronicles the life of Czech folk hero Jan Welzl who, as legend has it, left his home 100 years ago headed for the Arctic illustrated with maps, storyboard vignettes (relating how the explorer enlarged a cave, for example, built a kayak and made a tent) and stunning panoramic views of the spare landscape. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374467258
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.13(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.22(d)
Lexile:
480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Sís is the author and illustrator of many books for young readers, including Madlenka, and the Caldecott Honor-winning Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei and Tibet Through the Red Box. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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