Magic Words by Edward Field

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A collection of poems based on songs and stories gathered by Knud Rasmussen on the Fifth Thule Expedition, which recorded Inuit legends about the universe and its creation.

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Edward Field is the author of more than ten books of poetry, including "Counting Myself Lucky" and "A Frieze for a Temple of Love," and a memoir, "The Man Who Would Marry Susan Sontag, and Other Intimate Literary Portraits of the Bohemian Era," He is also coauthor of three fiction books (written with Neil Derrick, published under the pseudonym of Bruce Elliot). He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the W. H. Auden Award, the Bill Whitehead Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Stefano Vitale is the illustrator of several books for children, including the "New York Times" bestseller "Why War is Never a Good Idea" and "There is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me, " both by Alice Walker. Stefano lives in Venice, Italy, with his wife and two young children. For more information please visit his website at
Published September 1, 1998 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Drawing from Knud Rasmussen’s writings of the Inuit people and their legends, Field primal, earthy images in exceptional poetry.

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Inspired by the journals of the Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen, who lived among the Inuit and collected their stories, poet Field (Frieze for a Temple of Love) and Vitale (Nursery Tales Around the World) produce a stunning picture book.

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