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Tam Lin
     

Tam Lin

by Jane Yolen, Charles Mikolaycak (Illustrator)
 

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In this retelling of an old Scottish ballad, a Scottish lass, on the Halloween after her sixteenth birthday, reclaims her family home which has been held for years by the fairies, and at the same time effects the release of Tam Lin, a human held captive by the Queen of the Fey.

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In this retelling of an old Scottish ballad, a Scottish lass, on the Halloween after her sixteenth birthday, reclaims her family home which has been held for years by the fairies, and at the same time effects the release of Tam Lin, a human held captive by the Queen of the Fey.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Yolen's vibrant prose, this retelling of an ancient Scottish ballad leaps from the page in riveting strokes. Here, in all its moonswept mystery, is the story of how Jennet, red-headed daughter of the MacKenzie clan, rescues Tam Lin, the man she loves, from certain death at the hands of the Fairy Folk. In defying the Fairy Queen, the fiery-spirited girl also reclaims her family's abandoned, long-enchanted ancestral home. Mikolaycak's sensitive illustrations bring stirring, wistful overtones to the action and add rich depth of characterization to the protagonists. Every moment in this marvelous fairy tale works beautifully. Ages 6-12. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Armin Brott
Let me say right up front that I'm a big fan of Jane Yolen's work. But this Scottish tale of mystery and ghosts just isn't up to her usual standard. It's the tale of independent-minded Jennet MacKenzie who meets Tam Lin, a 160-year-young enchanted man who becomes-big surprise-the love of her life but only if she can release-another big surprise-him from the fairy spell that has kept him captive lo these many years. Sadly, the story is neither very original nor very inspiring. And from the looks of the paintings, the illustrator apparently agrees.
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-- Yolen dates Tam Lin's ballad back to 1549; later on, Robert Burns wrote what is perhaps the most familiar version. The most frequently anthologized prose version is Joseph Jacobs's ``Tamlane,'' which originally appeared in More English Fairy Tales . Related to ``Wild Robin,'' this is a tale of the faery queen's favorite, grown to manhood and due to be ritually sacrificed. Jennet saves him by holding fast as he changes into a lion, a snake, and a flame that she throws into a well and sprinkles with holy water, breaking the spell. Yolen's story is, as always, lyrical and true to the spirit of the tale and time. Mikolaycak's large-format double-page spreads of vibrant watercolor and colored pencil on Diazo prints soar across pages and break out of slender, peaceful borders. The red and green of rose bushes dominate; the tartans are original designs--``After all, a faery tale demands its own colors and plaids,'' Yolen states in background notes. She omits Jennet's pregnancy and other adult aspects of the tale. More satisfying in both art and telling than Betsy James's simpler version, The Red Cloak (Chronicle, 1989), and for an older audience than Susan Jeffers's Wild Robin (Dutton, 1976), this is a wildly romantic addition to any folklore collection. --Helen Gregory, Grosse Pointe Pub . Lib . , MI byrd press, please send us type, 5sets of galleys, and one set of numbered waxie, thanks Junior High Up

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152842611
Publisher:
Harcourt Children's Books
Publication date:
09/15/1990
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.81(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Jane Yolen is a highly acclaimed children's author who has written hundreds of books for adults and children and has won numerous awards. She and her husband divide their time between Massachussetts and Scotland.

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