Caesar's Antlers by Brooks Hansen

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By a master of "surreal storytelling in the tradition of Carroll, Lewis, and Tolkien." --Library Journal

As he travels on his own mission to the Northlands of Norway, a reindeer named Caesar is joined by unlikely companions; a mother sparrow searching with her two chicks for her lost mate. With Caesar's permission, the birds make a nest in his antlers and travel with him through athe fall and into winter. Little do they know that the object of their search, after being rescued from an accident by a well-meaning schoolgirl, has been taken miles away, across the sea, and that he is desperately seeking them as well. Both searches seem hopeless, but in this unique adventure, devotion, perseverance, and self-sacrifice - with the help of a little magic - are richly rewarded.
 

About Brooks Hansen

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Brooks Hansen lives in New York City. The Chess Garden, his second novel for adults, was a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year in 1995. Caesar's Antlers is his first work for children.
 
Published October 30, 1997 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 224 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A strangely tender story of love, loss, and devotion that is imbued with the rhythms of its creatures: a slow, compelling rhythm to match the placid determination of a reindeer named Caesar, offset by the quick, bright, frantic rhythms of the sparrows he is attempting to help.

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When two birds become separated, a buck consents to let the female make a nest in its antlers and they set out to find her partner.

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But the book's eloquent descriptions of Nordic regions (""The basin rested at the far end of the tundra beyond the hills--a giant bowl set in the land, itself as large as a meadow but sunk in the ground as if the earth in just that part had lost its breath"") and heart-felt expressions of self-sa...

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The sparrows encounter a wide range of friends -- Caesar the reindeer, Bernard the Saint Bernard, the human child known to the sparrows as "The Seed Girl," and more -- and a few very threatening enemies -- a spiteful falcon, and a pack of wolves, not to mention some harsh weather.

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