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Born to a human mother and the East Wind, Resshie grows up wild and dreaming. She wants to know the winds secrets and yearns to fly as the wind does. But she is only a human girl and cannot. She tries to capture the movement of the winds in her weavings, which bring her fame among the villagers, but still, Resshie is lonely. The lives of the village girls are not for her. Resshie is meant for something special, but how will she ever capture her elusive dreams?

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Born to a human mother and the East Wind, Resshie grows up wild and dreaming. She wants to know the winds secrets and yearns to fly as the wind does. But she is only a human girl and cannot. She tries to capture the movement of the winds in her weavings, which bring her fame among the villagers, but still, Resshie is lonely. The lives of the village girls are not for her. Resshie is meant for something special, but how will she ever capture her elusive dreams?

Author Biography: Shirley Rousseau Murphy is the author of Cat in the Dark, Cat on the Edge, Cat Under Fire, and Cat Raise the Dead, and has received five Council of Authors and Journalists Awards for previous books. She graduated from San Francisco Art Institute, has worked as a commercial artist and has exhibited paintings and sculptures extensively on the West Coast. She and her husband live in Carmel, California. Their cats have included a tom that twice warned them of burglars in the middle of the night by growling, and a cat that liked to ride horseback.

Unaware of her unusual parentage, Resshie grows up restless and longing to know the secrets of the wind and she uses her extraordinary ability as a weaver to help her achieve her dream.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Elements of fantasy and folklore intertwine in both the telling of and the artwork for this haunting, mystical tale. Unaware that her father was an east wind, Resshie, now a young woman, yearns to be a part of the sky. To support herself, she takes to weaving, creating cloth that seems to be made of the wind itself. She gains renown for her craft and even attempts to weave a mate for herself twice, but each one fades. Soon after, a young prince comes to call, asking to see her handiwork. Resshie recognizes that he is "not a mortal man" but a wind in human form, and she strikes a bargain that will allow her to gain her heart's desire. Murphy's (Tattie's River) carefully honed prose, striking in its spare, direct simplicity, establishes a mythic tone. Subtle hints pave the way for an ending of allegorical proportions. Leo and Diane Dillon (To Everything There Is a Season) also plant understated clues in the artwork. The winds' omnipresence materializes in violet stripes at Resshie's back, breathing life into her loom, and conjures images of the Lady of Shalott. At the center of each spread, photographs of Lee Dillon's sculpted faces with windswept hair hover, unrestrained, against an expanse of white. The sculpture creates an uncanny illusion of movement--except on the dramatic spreads that convey Resshie's failed attempts to weave a mate: mirror images show a perfect clay relief on the left and its shattered image on the right. The stark beauty of both text and artwork are sure to draw sophisticated readers into this stunning meditation on the price of immortality. Ages 5-9. (May) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This lengthy, romantic, original tale has a strong, resourceful heroine and fairytale qualities. Resshia, the daughter of a stormy wind and "a girl who was not afraid of his wildness," is left alone after the death of her mother. She becomes a weaver of wondrous things. No man courts her, and despite efforts to find a husband, she remains alone. One day a prince arrives and she finally meets her magical match. The story is told in moving, poetic prose in framed blocks of text with bits of illustration. On the facing page is a similarly framed, more detailed picture in muted colors. Plastic relief sculptures created by Lee Dillon separate the text and illustrations. The visual effect is formal and dreamy, suggesting centuries of fairytales. Details of costume and the overall windswept quality of the scenes add to the otherworldliness of this handsome book.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-A girl born of the east wind and a mortal woman is the heroine of this original fairy tale. Unaware of her parentage, Resshie grows up yearning to "know the winds' secrets," and becomes a weaver. Out in the world, she weaves a house for herself out of willows and grasses, but finds no one to share her life. Then she weaves a man of stalks and vines, but when they dry out, he collapses. Her "more durable husband," made of wool and skins, lasts longer, but he too fails. She captures a human man, but lets him go when he grieves for his freedom. Finally, a young prince arrives at her door, and she proposes to him, promising to weave a tapestry that shows his true likeness. The results prove that they were meant for one another and precipitate the happy ending. The Dillons' art perfectly suits this book. Small, woodblock-like vignettes on the left, unpainted clay sculptural masks in the middle, and paintings in a romantic vein on the right tell the story. Hair, clothing, clouds, and leaves are in constant motion until the prince appears, when stillness momentarily falls on the art. As the intricate artwork imposes order on the curves of nature, so the weaving together of work and love, freedom and fulfillment, self and soul mate gives the tale depth and resonance.-Patricia Lothrop-Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI
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An exquisite story from Murphy (The Song of the Christmas Mouse, 1991, etc.) that has the air of myth about it, and which is intricately plotted visually by the Dillons. Resshie is the child of a mortal woman and the east wind, but she has been raised by an old woman and does not know her parentage. She learns to weave, and her cloth has the beauty of the wind in it. But there is no one "to share with her the world's secrets," so she tries to weave a husband, without success. She captures a wild hunter, but he pines for his freedom and she grants it. When a prince appears at her door, and all the wind stops before him, Resshie makes him a bargain he cannot refuse. In most spreads, boxed text appears on the left with a small pendant illustration, while a large framed image appears on the right. In the inner margins are mirror images of Lee Dillon's extraordinary sculpted faces with windblown hair and veils. The rhythms of the text find precise resonance in the pictures, and if the wind indeed has colors, they are the hues of these scenes, from gossamer greens to shadowy heliotropes, silvery blues, and gilt-edged platinum. A picture book to be cherished. (Picture book. 4-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060249045
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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