THE VINLANDERS SAGA by Barbara Schiller


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As she demonstrated in The Kitchen Knight (1965, p. 374 J-126), Mrs. Schiller has a gift for adapting traditional material into simple form without sacrificing the unique character of the original. With an illuminating nod to the Icelandic sagas that are her sources, the author launches the Vikings' own story of the discovery and exploration of North America five hundred years before Columbus. In adhering to a series of recorded incidents with little elaboration, this is both more revealing and less entertaining than other juveniles about Eric the Red and his sons. But this is not history; it is a retrospective celebration of the golden age of Iceland by anonymous authors, compounded of fact and fantasy. A good corollary to the Vinland Map for young readers.

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1966
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston