Seven Fathers by Ashley Ramsden

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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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The story gradually reveals deeper meaning about ancestral connections, gratitude and spiritual longing as the traveler struggles on until arriving at “a house blazing with lights.” He asks an old man chopping wood for shelter, only to be sent to “the father of the house.” This happens six times,...

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New York Journal of Books

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Mr. Young’s approach is minimalistic yet expressive, as in his depiction of the second father, his hair white-scrawled and his cheeks pinked by a fire the illustrator has built out of flame-looking scraps of paper.

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New York Journal of Books

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Along the way, Mr. Ramsden traverses multiple levels of meaning, crafting a tale especially appealing to older children of a philosophical bent.The traveler’s respectfully worded question meets with the same odd response each time: “I’m not the father of the house.

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Portland Book Review

An old man on the porch tells him he must speak to his father, an even older man inside the house, to see if a room is available.

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