Death in a Nut

By Eric Maddern (Retold by); Paul Hess (Illustrator)
(Frances Lincoln, Hardcover, 9781845070816, 32pp.)

Publication Date: January 2005

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A feisty boy learns a powerful lesson about life and death in this beautifully illustrated story based on a Scottish folktale. When Jack meets Old Man Death coming toward his cottage, he stands firm. "You're not taking my mother!" he cries, and piles into Death with his fists. With each punch, Death gets smaller and smaller until Jack is able to squeeze him inside a hazelnut shell. He throws the nut far out to sea, and goes home. Suddenly trouble begins: eggs won't break, the cockerel's neck "unwrings" itself, and the butcher confesses that he can't slaughter any livestock. What has Jack done? Eric Maddern's droll text and Paul Hess's vivid watercolors enrich this traditional tale about learning one of life's basic truths.

About the Author
Maddern studied sociology and psychology at Sheffield University, then spent ten years travelling around the world. He now performs all over the country as a storyteller and folk singer, and he has built a roundhouse in the grounds of his home in Wales, where he holds storytelling events.

Eric Maddern is the author of "Curious Clownfish, The Fire Children," which was chosen as a Junior Education Book of the Year in 1993," Rainbow Bird," and "Spirit of the Forest," Paul Hess is the illustrator of "Hungry! Hungry! Hungry!" and "Jack and the Beanstalk,"
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