Two Travelers

Two Travelers

by Christopher Mason, Christopher Manson

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- A delightful story of friendship, loosely based on historical fact and set in the eighth century. The Emperor Charlemagne sends his servant Isaac on a long journey with a message for the caliph of Bagdad. To ensure Charlemagne's friendship, the caliph sends Isaac home with a ``a gift worthy of an emperor''--Abulabaz the elephant. Isaac assumes the elephant is a horrible monster and is amazed at its flappy ears, trunk, tusks, and huge feet. Abulabaz is just as wary of Isaac. Their experiences on their journey to France, however, forge a friendship; when crossing the desert, Abulabaz stretches out one of his flappy ears to shade Isaac, and thoughtful, considerate Isaac brings Abulabaz clean straw and fresh water. This refreshing story is perfectly illustrated with lively watercolor washes and pencil details, in a style somewhat reminiscent of Donald Carrick's. The pictures capture the essence of each character while never losing the humor and drama inherent in the story. The only jarring note in this otherwise excellent book is the awkward placement of the text. The large boxed insets of type on a glaring white background are constantly at odds with the luminous blues and grays of the illustrations. Fortunately, the thoughtful story and engaging art compensate for this discrepancy. Suitable as either a read-aloud or read-alone, this book entertains as it informs. --Denise Anton Wright, Library Book Selection Service, Inc., Bloomington, IL

Product Details

Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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Edition description:
1st ed
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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