When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew: Tales of Ti-Jeanby Jan Andrews, Dusan Petricic
In these three imaginative stories, Jan Andrews introduces us to Quebec’s traditional folktale hero, Ti-Jean. He’s an endearing character who is both wise and foolish, and though he does find himself in hard situations (often of his own making), in the end, he somehow manages to do what needs to be done. In “Ti-Jean and the Princess of
In these three imaginative stories, Jan Andrews introduces us to Quebec’s traditional folktale hero, Ti-Jean. He’s an endearing character who is both wise and foolish, and though he does find himself in hard situations (often of his own making), in the end, he somehow manages to do what needs to be done. In “Ti-Jean and the Princess of Tomboso” he eventually outwits a greedy princess; in “Ti-Jean the Marble Player” he gets the best of a pint-sized scoundrel; and in “How Ti-Jean Became a Fiddler” he turns the tables on a too-clever-for-her-own-good seigneur’s daughter, and finds true love in the process.
Jan Andrews’ simple, no-nonsense text and Dušan Petricic’s sly and witty illustrations bring contemporary energy to the traditional folktale genre. There’s nothing old fashioned about these New World tales, which are funny, witty and wise at the same time.
"Il était une fois..." French Canada's version of beanstalk-climbing Jack gets a rare outing in three tales refashioned from old sources by a veteran storyteller. Preserving the lightest touch of a French inflection—"Cric, crac, / Parli, parlons, parlo. / If you won't listen, / Out you go"—Andrews sets her naïve but teachable everylad up against a trio of opponents. There is a grasping princess who tricks him out of a magic belt, moneybag and trumpet; a murderous little man who sets him on numerous impossible tasks after beating him at marbles; and a harsh seigneur who insists on chucking his intellectual daughter's suitors into the dungeon when they prove to be less clever than she. Thanks to hard work, a little magic and a winning way with the ladies, Ti-Jean ultimately comes out on top in each episode while never allowing lasting harm to come to anyone and is ever magnanimous in victory. Illustrated with frequent scribbly, lighthearted ink-and-wash scenes and vignettes, these stories read with equal ease silently or aloud and offer a winning introduction to a universal folk character. Equally charming is the source note, in which Andrews describes the origins of the tales and how she worked with them. "Sac-à-tabac, / Sac-à-tabi. / The story's ended, / C'est fini." (Folktales. 9-11)
Meet the Author
Jan Andrews (www.janandrews.ca) is a well-known author and storyteller who has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award three times. She has written books that have become classics, including Very Last First Time (illustrated by Ian Wallace), The Auction (illustrated by Karen Reczuch) and Out of the Everywhere: Tales for a New World (illustrated by Simon Ng). She is the founding president of the Storytellers of Canada and has performed at festivals and in concert throughout Canada and the US, as well as in Australia and England.
Dušan Petricic is a world-renowned cartoonist, illustrator and graphic designer. He has co-authored/illustrated more than thirty books, including Mattland (by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert), which won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and Ned Mouse Breaks Away (by Tim Wynne-Jones). Born in Belgrade, he now lives in Toronto, where he is editorial cartoonist at the Toronto Star.
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