Seven Fathers by Ashley Ramsden

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While younger children might not grasp the implications of a spiritual quest, they will understand the folktale’s message of respect for elders and the importance of perseverance. For those seven and older, Seven Fathers offers a folktale brimming with subtle humor and mystery fresh as new-fallen snow.
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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.
 

About Ashley Ramsden

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Ashley Ramsden is the founding director of the School of Storytelling in Sussex England, and co-author with Nancy Mellon of the award-winning book Body Eloquence: The Power of Myth and Story to Awaken the Body's Energies. Ashley travels the world with his acclaimed performances and workshops. A Caldecott Medalist and two-time Caldecott Honor Book artist, Ed Young has also been twice nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. He most recently wrote and illustrated Hook, about which Kirkus, in a starred review, said, “arresting and absorbing, this tale soars.” Born in Tientsin, China, and brought up in Shanghai, he now lives with his family in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
 
Published April 12, 2011 by Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.
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Reviewed by Janice Floyd Durante Janice Floyd Durante on Feb 08 2017

While younger children might not grasp the implications of a spiritual quest, they will understand the folktale’s message of respect for elders and the importance of perseverance. For those seven and older, Seven Fathers offers a folktale brimming with subtle humor and mystery fresh as new-fallen snow.

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