Good. Good ex-library copy in sturdy pictorial library binding. No dust jacket. No external labels-has a couple library stamps inside rear cover. Holding up very well-appears to have gone uncirculated.
David Wisniewski. New in Near Fine jacket. Book CONDITION: UNREAD 1990 Lothrop, Lee hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first edition, first printing. DJ has been price-clipped. Tiny edge wear top DJ spine. Cut-paper illustrations-most effective when showing clouds, snow, seas, etc. Norse myths are not easy-probably best for ages 7-8 and up. Fascinating myth of the founding of Iceland. Tiny shelf wear. CONTENT: Reviewer: A mesmerizing picture book for older readers, this story unfolds in a perfect blend of text and illustration. The Hidden Folk of frost and fire guide a Viking ship of settlers to a safe harbor, but deter a warrior ship from landing there. In anger, the warrior leader, Gorm the Grim, pronounces a curse on the peaceful Anlaf and his kin, causing Anlaf's daughter to be born blind. The child Elfwyn grows happily under the protection of the Hidden Folk, learning to use her other senses to make up for her blindness. In Trojan Horse fashion, Gorm presents Anlaf with a gift, a huge crystal in which all see a reflection of themselves in some unattainable position--younger, prettier, wealthier. The crystal causes discontent in all except Elfwyn, whose blindness makes her immune to its evil. When the others neglect their duties to continue gazing into the crystal, Elfwyn uses her pony to topple it. The splinters pursue her until she is rescued by the Hidden Folk, regaining her sight when the splinters crash into a boulder, thus ending the curse. This powerful story is based on elements of legend and history of the settlement of Iceland that are discussed in an extensive author's note at the end. Wisniewski's distinctive cut-paper illustrations are exquisitely rendered in rich and glowing colors. His portrayal of the people is especially compelling, with details of facial expression reflecting character and plot development. A truly original offering that will give back to today's children some of the mythic element that Joseph Campbell said we are missing."
Ex-library with the usual markings, but overall tight and clean in a near fine dustjacket-price-clipped, but unmarked. Hardcover-First edition--An original story of good and evil, but 'drawn from the Icelandic history and legend' As a result of the curse laid by Gorm the Grim, Anlaf's daughter Elfwyn, is born blind-but also blessed by the Hidden Folk, and so she has an astonishing ability to 'see' without sight. Illustrated by the author using brightly colored cut-paper (as was his later Caldecott Medal-winning book, The Golem. ) Includes an author's note in which he discusses the legends of Iceland and their influence on the story. Oblong format, unpaginated.
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