The Race of the Birkebeiners (Library Binding)

By Lise Lunge-Larsen, Mary Azarian (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 9780618103133, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2001



When they went into battle they wore no costly armor, just birchbark wrapped around their legs, and so they were called Birkebeiners, which means Birchleggers. It is the year 1206, and deep in the snow-covered mountains and valleys of Norway the fiercest warriors in the land struggle to ski a baby to safety. They race against the greed and inequity of the rich, against the very weather of Norway. They race as the only way to save a child prince and bring peace to their country.
Here is a true, untold story of both bravery and tenderness. Mary Azarian's strong, sure woodcuts capture the warmth and ruggedness of medieval life, while Lise Lunge-Larsen's dramatic telling is direct and mesmerizing.

Praise For The Race of the Birkebeiners

"Set in old Scandinavia, this exciting, snow-swept folktale comes to life in beautifully composed woodcut illustrations. . . . The simple, dramatic language captures the story’s danger and characters’ courage with pacing that is well-suited for read-alouds, but it’s Azarian’s richly colored woodcuts that children will connect with most." Booklist, ALA