Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596435445, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 12, 2011
In the midst of a fearsome blizzard, a weary traveler seeks refuge from the cold.
"Good evening, Father, I'm so glad I found you. Would you, by any chance, have a room where I could spend the night?"
"Oh," said the old man. "I'm not the father of the house, You'll have to ask my father. He's around back, in the kitchen."
And so the travler is sent on a journey within his journey, arriving at a surprising destination.
Ashley Ramsden's eloquent retelling of a Norwegian folktale is handsomely complemented by Caldecott Medalist Ed Young's masterful cut paper collages in this unusual and haunting book, "Seven Fathers.
Ed Young received the Caldecott Medal for "Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China, " as well as Caldecott Honors for his illustrations in "The Emperor and the Kite, " written by Jane Yolen, and for his book "Seven Blind Mice." His work appears in "The Hunter: A Chinese Folktale" by Mary Casanova and "Donkey Trouble, " which he authored; "White Fang" by Jack London; and "Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China" by Ai-Ling Louie. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
"Stunning in its execution, the artwork elevates this graceful tale to new heights, delivering an original, thought-provoking addition to folktale collections." —Starred review, Kirkus Reviews "The story brims with eccentric charms, whether in the dashes of suspense and levity that lace Ramsden's prose or in Young's collages, which combine unexpected photo elements with freely outlined figures…It's Scandinavian magical realism, handsomely realized." —Starred review, Publishers Weekly "Like the words, the images combine straightforward representations with more enigmatic symbolism, such as a musical horn crafted from a bird’s-eye photo of suburban development. This story works on multiple levels, creating an appealing package that combines subtle mysteries with a well-spun tale." —Booklist "Striking collage art accompanies a fluid retelling of a lesser-known Norwegian folktale originally collected by Asbøjrnsen and Moe… This visually stunning retelling will be best appreciated by older readers who can appreciate the spiritual underpinnings of the tale." —School Library Journal