The Old Country
By Mordicai Gerstein
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596430471, 144pp.)
Publication Date: April 14, 2005
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From the winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal comes a memorable new work, a novel of singular insight and imagination that transports readers to the Old Country, where "all the fairy tales come from, where there was magic -- and there was war." There, Gisella stares a moment too long into the eyes of a fox, and she and the fox exchange shapes. Gisella's quest to get her girl-body back takes her on a journey across a war-ravaged country that has lost its shape. She encounters magic, bloodshed, and questions of power and justice -- until finally, looking into the eyes of the fox once more, she faces a strange and startling choice about her own nature. Part adventure story and part fable; exciting, beautifully told, rich in humor and wisdom, The Old Country is the work of an artist and storyteller at the height of his powers.
Mordicai Gerstein received the 2004 Caldecott Medal for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. He lives in Northhampton, Massachusetts.
"With his exquisite sense of possibilities, Gerstein urges his readers to remember the tales of wonder that may not be written but are history, too."--The New York Times "Its richness in language and imagery and its snatches of humor will offer layers of inquiry and discussion." --Kirkus Reviews "Gerstein ... skillfully shapes a story ... Vividly descriptive."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "THE OLD COUNTRY is an excellent read-aloud book for all ages."--Kidsreads.com