Devora, the weaver, must make a net for the Fog, who promises not to take away her brother, a fisherman, if she complies. When her brother does not return from the sea the next day, Devora realizes that the Fog has not kept its promise, and that it is she who must go and rescue him.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3?A suspenseful original folktale. The fog that swirls around a village by the sea hungers for humans, and many have vanished into it. Devora the weaver's parents are among the missing, and she is forced to comply with the fog's wishes when it threatens to take her brother unless she weaves it a strong new net. The fog breaks its promise, however, and captures Jarem along with his fishing companions. Bravely, the young woman sets out after him, guided by the sound of her infant sister's bell, which she had tied to the net. She succeeds in rescuing not only Jarem, but all of the fog's victims, including her future husband, a fisherman from a distant land. Soft watercolors, done mostly in blues and grays, evoke a dreamlike feeling that complements the story. The sea, which figures prominently in many of the illustrations, is painted in curves and spiky dots of white that bring to life the rocking waves and the tangy, cold spray. The characters' angular faces and old-fashioned, colorfully patterned clothing are reminiscent of Barbara Cooney's work, giving the tale an early 19th-century feeling. An enchanting addition.?Mary Jo Drungil, Niles Public Library District, IL
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Firmly rooted in fairy-tale tradition, this fresh and atmospheric story celebrates the courage of a resourceful heroine. Orphaned Devora, a weaver, lives in a village by the sea, where a savage, creeping fog swallows boats and people. One night the fog comes to her door and threatens to take her brother if she doesn't weave it a new net. When Devora hesitates, the fog promises that "I'll not touch you, nor yours, nor any that you favor." The fog breaks the bargain, of course, but clever Devora has tied her baby sister's toy bell to a corner of the net and uses it to find and rescue her brother and the other villagers. In a dramatic climax, she burns the fog's net, banishing the fog from the village forever. Pflieger's first picture book shines with lyrical, polished prose, and its leisurely cadence and slightly formal syntax give it a timeless quality. Gamper's (Grandfather's Rock) misty, moody illustrations, subtly colored and particularly notable for their strength and fluidity of line, are an evocative complement. Ages 4-8.
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Descrizione libro Houghton Mifflin, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Ruth Recht Gamper (illustratore). book. Codice libro della libreria M0395681944
Descrizione libro Houghton Mifflin, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0395681944