The Tale I Told Sasha by Nancy Willard

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A yellow ball rolls out of sight and over the Bridge of Butterflies, across the Field of Lesser Beasts, and through painted trees to the place where all lost things are found. Treasures such as a thimble, pennies, a sewing needle, a puzzle piece, and a fallen star have all been caught in a shimmering web. And ruling over this land of the lost is the King of Keys, sailing his steamship over painted seas. "Believe! Believe!" the sailor calls, inviting you to follow the yellow ball as it rolls and tumbles across the pages of this book in an imaginative fantasy reminiscent of Lewis Carroll. Full color.

About Nancy Willard

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Children's author and poet Nancy Willard was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 26, 1936. She attended the University of Michigan, where she received a bachelor's degree in 1958 and a Ph.D in 1963 and Stanford University, where she received her master's degree. In 1982, she received the Newbery Medal for A Visit to William Blake's Inn. She teaches at Vassar College in the English department and currently lives in Poughkeepsie, New York with her husband. David Christiana has illustrated more than twenty picture books for children, four of which he also wrote. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, and teaches illustration at the University of Arizona.
Published April 1, 1999 by Little Brown and Company. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With this imaginary journey, Willard (Step Lightly, 1998, etc.) turns away from the self-indulgence of her recent work towards the vision and beguiling language of A Visit to William Blake’s Inn (1981).

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Over the Bridge of Butterflies,/ across the Field of Lesser Beasts she follows it, meeting such folk as the King of Keys and stumbling on a cache of things that have disappeared over time from her homea needle, a playing card, puzzle pieces gone for good,/ things worn or wished on, old or lost,/ ...

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