The Flint Heart

The Flint Heart

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Overview

A robust and wildly entertaining fairy tale, freely abridged from Eden Phillpotts's 1910 fantasy and wryly retold by Katherine and John Paterson.

An ambitious Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe's magic man creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe. Thousands of years later, the talisman reemerges to corrupt a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial badger. Can Charles and his sister Unity, who have consulted with fairies such as the mysterious Zagabog, wisest creature in the universe, find a way to rescue humans, fairies, and animals alike from the dark influence of the Flint Heart? This humorous, hearty, utterly delightful fairy tale is the sort for an entire family to savor together or an adventurous youngster to devour.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536203714
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 12/24/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,175,596
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Katherine Paterson is a former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Her international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. She is a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, and she has received many other accolades for her works, including the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, given by her home state of Vermont. Katherine Paterson also was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000. She lives in Barre, Vermont.

John Paterson Sr. (1932 - 2013) collaborated with his wife, Newbery Award-winning author Katherine Paterson, on Consider the Lilies, Images of God, and Blueberries for the Queen. He also collaborated with his son, John B. Paterson Jr., on Roberto’s Trip to the Top. 

John Rocco collaborated with Whoopie Goldberg on the picture book Alice and was Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering and served as pre-production art director at Dreamworks for the film Shrek. His children's books include Fu Finds the Way, Wolf! Wolf!, and Moondust, and his illustrations are also featured on the jackets of Rick Riordan's best-selling YA series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. John Rocco lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Enchanting...A crowd-pleaser brimming with action, magic, and wit.
—Disney FamilyFun

Magical adventure...A grand tale skillfully updated and tightened up, this should win the hearts of a new generation.
—Kirkus Reviews

Told in the voice of a storyteller in the style of A. A. Milne or J. M. Barrie, the tale will make an excellent read-aloud. . . . The Patersons have done a lovely job updating and abridging this tale for today's readers.
—School Library Journal

The Patersons have done a stellar job of maintaining the book's period feel while creating a fresher, tighter story that feels tailor-made for family reading.
—Publishers Weekly

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The Flint Heart 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
_Lily_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An ambitious Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe¿s magic man creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe. Thousands of years later, the talisman reemerges to corrupt a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial badger. Can Charles and his sister Unity, who have consulted with fairies such as the mysterious Zagabog, wisest creature in the universe, find a way to rescue humans, fairies, and animals alike from the dark influence of the Flint Heart? This humorous, hearty, utterly delightful fairy tale is the sort for an entire family to savor together or an adventurous youngster to devour. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)This is a fun quick book, great for parents to read with their children or for a school teacher to read a loud to their class. John Rocco did an amazing job illustrating the book. The illustrations are beautiful and the colors are vibrant.The story is good and like all middle grade kids can learn from it. The whole point of the story is to be thankful for what you have, and that is always a great message especially for children, they learn that at a young age chances are it will stay with them through out their lives.The characters were great fun and they were pretty dynamic even for a children's book. It is an abridged version of a story from 1910, I have not read the original, so I am unable to compare the two.I believe that children would enjoy this story and if a family reads it together then they can have some great conversations about it together. * Reading level: Ages 9-12 * Hardcover: 304 pages * Publisher: Candlewick; abridged edition edition (September 27, 2011) * ISBN-10: 0763647128 * Author: Katherine Paterson and John Paterson * Cover art: I really like it, very whimsical. * Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars * Obtained: Sent for review by the publisher thank you Candlewick.
JohannaJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was not a very interesting book. If you want to read something more interesting read Lord of the Rings. It's the same plot line.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written, good story, but having problem with fitting book with right grand kid. Too adult in ways, not enough in others. But we will find match by Christmas, because it is good with good lessons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago