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Through the Mickle Woods

Gregory, Valiska

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ISBN 10: 0316327794 / ISBN 13: 9780316327794
Published by Little, Brown & Co., Boston, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st ptg., 4to picture book, full yellow cloth. When the queen is dead, the king finds it hard to go into the woods to hear the magic tales of a bear. Illustrated in subdued watercolor by Barry Moser. Fine in fine, unclipped dj, no previous owner's marks. Bookseller Inventory # 20891

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Title: Through the Mickle Woods

Publisher: Little, Brown & Co., Boston

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Moser, Barry

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st ed

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To fulfill the dying wish of his queen, the king goes into the dark and mickle woods to find the mysterious bear who tells him three stories about the meaning of life.

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The Queen is dead, and the King has been plunged into grief as bleak as the winter weather that swirls outside the palace. Michael, a young orphan, brings a letter, the Queen's last request: Into the dark and mickle woods go forth to find the bear. At the eave of the wise old bruin, the King comes to realize-through cryptic stories and Michael's love-that he must speak of his grief and remember his wife to allow the healing process to begin. Written in eloquent prose shot through with fresh metaphors, this modern folktale deals compassionately with the death of a loved one. A difficult subject for a children's book, yet Gregory succeeds for the most part, filling her text with light, hope and the cycles of nature to lighten the tone. However, the talewithin-a-tale structure may be a bit sophisticated for the intended audience. Also, Moser's artwork does not take full advantage of the story's dramatic opportunities. With impeccable technique, the illustrations reflect the King's gloominess in dark, still scenes, yet some appear a bit lifeless and foreed instead of flowing naturally from this pungent tale. Ages 4-8.
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