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Whitefoot is a mouse, a small creature with "elegant whiskers" and a "reddish brindly tan" coat. She lives at the edge of the woods, where she knows, without a doubt, that she exists at the center of the world. What she doesn’t know is that not far from her safe haven there is a river, and a world of such size and magnitude that she cannot even imagine it. One day, a burst of rain floods down on Whitefoot, lifting her in its currents and carrying her far from home. What happens next leads Whitefoot on a great ...
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Te Selle, Davis Berkeley 2009 Hardcover First edition NEW A Story from the Center of the World. SIGNED.60 pp. 16x16 cm. Wine-over cream-colored boards. With dust illustrated ... jacket. Signed by the author on the title page. The first editions of this charming illustrated fable by farmer poet activist Wendell Berry quickly sold out upon publication and has become difficult to find. Whitefoot is a mouse, a small creature with "elegant whiskers" and a "reddish brindly tan" coat. She lives at the edge of the woods, where she knows, without a doubt, that she exists at the center of the world. What she doesn't know is that not far from her safe haven there is a river, a world of such size and magnitude that she cannot even imagine it, small as she is. And she is quite small-so small that Wendell Berry asks us to "think of going about with your eyes only an inch or two from the ground among grass stems thicker than your thumb, weed stems thicker than your wrist, maple and oak leaves that you can slip under and hide, Read more Show Less

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Whitefoot is a mouse, a small creature with "elegant whiskers" and a "reddish brindly tan" coat. She lives at the edge of the woods, where she knows, without a doubt, that she exists at the center of the world. What she doesn’t know is that not far from her safe haven there is a river, and a world of such size and magnitude that she cannot even imagine it. One day, a burst of rain floods down on Whitefoot, lifting her in its currents and carrying her far from home. What happens next leads Whitefoot on a great adventure — one in which she must encounter new experiences and challenges to her survival. The discovery of the universe around her, and her ability to survive within it, is a lesson that’s sure to resonate with children and adults alike. Written by best-selling author, Wendell Berry, this beautiful volume is illustrated in fine detail with original drawings by acclaimed artist Davis Te Selle.
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This small-format, gifty offering from an acclaimed author is not necessarily a children's book; the story it tells, in prose, will absorb adult admirers of literary craftsmanship as thoroughly as it does children. When Whitefoot the mouse is flooded out of her nest and carried downstream on a log-and most of the book relates this journey-she owes her survival to her innate skills. Every detail merits the closest observation: "Her ears were listening into the slur and spatter around her. Her nose was intelligently sniffing....The voice in her mind was saying, 'Seeds! Seeds! Look around!'" If Te Selle's densely detailed black-and-white drawings were any more realistic, readers would be able to see Whitefoot's tiny furry body breathing. Though everything that happens takes place an inch off the ground, Berry finds a heroic dimension to Whitefoot, and his gift is to make readers feel it, too. Ages 7-12. (Jan.)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781582434322
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/2008
  • Series: Port William
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    This is a charming story. At first I thought of it as a child's book because of the length but then as I read it, I realized it is much more contemplative than the usual children's story.

    It teaches us that the center of our world can change but that it does not necessarily change who we are.

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