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NIGHT OF THE WHITE DEER by Jack Bushnell

NIGHT OF THE WHITE DEER

By Jack Bushnell (Author) , Miguel Co (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-933718-80-4
Publisher: Tanglewood Press

Some say the white deer’s a star, and others say she's made of spilled milk. Could she be real?

A modern farm boy sees a white deer in their field. His brother says it’s only legend, but the boy sees the deer again. This time he walks into the fields and leaps into the Aurora-lit sky with his mysterious white companion. The boy feels the magic of the flight, and they encounter deer of several species and widely varying colors at play in the fields of night. The boy contemplates a trip through the solar system, but his deer takes him home. When the boy tells his family of his journey, his brother’s certain it was a dream. Left alone with his father, the boy learns his dad had a similar adventure as a child…and Dad wants to go along should the white deer return. Bushnell's fourth is an original tale told as a quasi-folk tale. Unlike traditional tales though, no mystery of nature is explained, caution offered or quest fulfilled. A traditional-feeling tale from no tradition and with no specific moral is rather like a chicken without bones. That said, it’s a pleasant-enough fable, and newcomer Co’s bright and burnished illustrations enhance both magical and natural aspects, bringing to mind the works of David Diaz.

A slight magical tale whose illustrations can't quite compensate for the weak story. (Picture book. 3-6)