EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON by Nancy Willard

EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In beautiful format, a dramatic version of a Norwegian folktale. While the imaginative set directions here may be too complex for amateur productions. Willard has created a truly magical ""folk-play"" that begs for production. Though references to VCRs and multi-speed bicycles may jar tradtionalists, and having one of the trolls freed captives say, ""Free at last. Thank heaven we'are free at last"" is a bit much, the fairy tale mood is, overall, consistently maintained. Willard's imaginative embellishments include giving the four winds (one male, three female) more clearly delineated personalities than they have in the folktale, becoming perfect subjects for Moser's powerful illustrations. Vibrant and earthy, his paintings are especially suitable to this robust tale. With unique style and wit, Willard and Moser have produced a fine translation of an old favorite into a new genre.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1989
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich