The Enchanted Sled

The Enchanted Sled

by Jan Wahl, Monique Felix
     
 
On my rusty sled I go /
into whirling lands of snow . . .

Like building a jolly snowman or skating on an icy pond, riding a sled down a hill of freshly fallen snow is a classic childhood joy of winter. In The Enchanted Sled, author Jan Wahl captures the excitement and wonder of a mid-winter sled ride as seen through the vivid and fanciful

Overview

On my rusty sled I go /
into whirling lands of snow . . .

Like building a jolly snowman or skating on an icy pond, riding a sled down a hill of freshly fallen snow is a classic childhood joy of winter. In The Enchanted Sled, author Jan Wahl captures the excitement and wonder of a mid-winter sled ride as seen through the vivid and fanciful imagination of a young child.

The beautiful and magical illustrations of Monique Felix allow readers to follow a young girl as she transforms into a queen, observes colorful soldiers in formation, visits a gypsy camp-and goes wherever her lucid imagination decides to take her. The dreamlike quality of the illustrations, rendered in soft, flowing colors, may very well have starry-eyed readers wishing for their own magical sled, and are sure to make The Enchanted Sled a favorite of readers both young and old for many winters to come.

Since publishing his first book, Pleasant Fieldmouse, Jan Wahl has written more than 100 books for children, including Christmas Present and the acclaimed I Met a Dinosaur. His picture books have won a number of awards, including the Youth Critics Prize at the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Swiss artist Monique Felix studied graphic arts at l'Ecole des Arts Appliques in Lausanne. She has illustrated more than 40 children's books-including Creative Editions' Mouse Books series, Tuba Lessons, Hundreds of Fish, Hansel and Gretel, and My Shadow-and received such honors as the Octogone Prize from the International Center of Children's Literature in France.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Although Wahl's poem seems to be about a winter excursion, Felix abandons visual references to snow after the first spread. Instead, viewers are whisked away to balmy imaginary lands where a girl is transformed into a "puffed-up toad," a mermaid, a queen, "a gypsy asleep in camp," and other incarnations. Tendrils of her long, orange hair wind through the soft-focus landscapes. Her pale skin and languid poses add to her remoteness in this self-consciously "artsy" volume. For a winter book that employs artistic creativity to foster multiple readings, turn to Lynne Rae Perkins's Snow Music (HarperCollins, 2003). Hope Vestergaard's Hello, Snow! (Farrar, 2004) offers a much better choice if you need a straightforward, rhymed romp. Unfortunately for Wahl, the illustrations in Sled don't give his words much traction.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568461878
Publisher:
Creative Company, The
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Series:
Creative Editions Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 18 Years

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