Books by Elizabeth Kallick Dyssegaard

ALEK by Bodil Bredsdorff
Released: June 19, 2012

"A strong conclusion best suited for those willing to read it as part of a whole. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The Children of Crow Cove quartet comes to a natural conclusion in this stately, careful finale. Read full book review >
TINK by Bodil Bredsdorff
Released: May 10, 2011

A lyrically quiet celebration of community from Denmark. Continuing where the Danish titles Crow-Girl (2004) and Eidi (2009) left off, Bredsdorff's newest translation returns to the peaceful Crow Cove, where a mismatched band of friends and relations are trying to start a new life. Young Tink, blaming himself for allowing the food crop to be destroyed by livestock, finds and rescues an old drunk named Burd with a violent past. There are people in Tink's community who ran away just to get as far as they could from this man, yet it is through Burd that Tink learns to fish and discovers that there is more to a person than their worst qualities. More than just a story of survival, this is a tale about creating a community and settling down where you are safe and loved. There is no denying the author's acuity for lyrical language. Readers would be well advised, however, to make a point to read the previous two books in the series should they wish for the revelations made throughout the book to have any kind of an impact. It's a lovely story, but without the requisite background knowledge it will fail to carry the proper weight. Readers who make the investment in reading the two prior titles will find themselves well rewarded. (Fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
PANCAKE DREAMS by Ingmarie Ahvander
Released: Sept. 26, 2002

A little boy longs for the flavors of home—and finds his wish fulfilled—in Ahvander's debut effort. "[Grandma] always had something good to eat when Stefan and his brother came to visit: meatballs or homemade strawberry jam or Swedish pancakes," Ahvander writes. "Stefan liked them all—most of all the pancakes." But when Stefan moves to the Middle East, he misses his grandmother and her special treats. Lepp's delicately drawn watercolor and pen-and-ink vignettes picture the a-ha moment as Stefan surmises a way to import pancakes using an oversized bakery box. Eschewing the postal system, Grandma and Stefan opt for the airways. First, Stefan sends his aunt back to Sweden with the box. Then a convoluted scheme finds Grandma placing an ad in the paper, meeting a stranger in the airport, and handing over the sealed box so that the man can carry it on the plane. Not the most realistic scenario, considering airport security protocol. Nevertheless, Ahvander's sentimental tale will ring true for any child who has ever been far from the familiar. Similarly, the bond between the child and his grandmother has intergenerational appeal. Teachers and librarians wishing to familiarize children with the Middle East will find this a useful starting place. The winner of the publisher's first manuscript competition, the work was originally published in Sweden last year. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >