The Mightiest Heart by Lynn Cullen

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Who can resist a story about a dog who so loved his master that he gave up his life? This exquisitely illustrated tale, based on the legend of Llywelyn, a thirteenth-century Welsh prince, and his loyal hound, Gelert, will keep young readers and listeners spellbound. Laurel Long joins the ranks of today's premier illustrators in her debut, adding incredible power to Lynn Cullen's spare but emotionally charged text. Each picture is like a precious treasure, revealing painstaking attention to detail, breathtaking color, and characters whose mutual love transcends the pages of this marvelous book. The Mightiest Heart is sure to be one of the best gifts to give young readers this fall. Lynn Cullen, author of several popular middle-grade novels, researched this story in Wales, where a monument to Gelert still stands. Laurel Long makes an outstanding debut as a picture book illustrator.

About Lynn Cullen

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Lynn Cullen is the author of several picture books and novels. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit Lynn at Amy Young trained as a fine artist at Yale and received an MFA in painting from Indiana University. She then went on to earn a law degree from Harvard and worked as a lawyer for several years. She now devotes herself full time to writing and illustrating, and is the creator of the popular "Belinda" picture books. Visit Amy at Long is a graduate of Syracuse University with a master's degree in fine arts. She is currently a professor of art at California State University, Northridge.
Published October 1, 1998 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Beneath the lovely, if fettered, ornamentation of paintings that borrow from the Renaissance style is a classic boy-and-his-dog story set in the 13th century.

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Welsh legend has it that as a boy, 12th-century Prince Llywelyn was blessed with a faithful dog named Gelert, and this strange and sentimental retelling marks novelist Cullen's (Stink Bomb;

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