THE THREE GOLDEN KEYS by Peter Sís

THE THREE GOLDEN KEYS

Age Range: 6 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A man in a hot-air balloon is blown off course by a storm. The rig descends smack in the middle of Prague. But it is a strange Prague, dark and ancient and unpeopled, as if in a dream. Still, it is the Prague of the man's youth, even without the voices and commotion. The man tours the city in the company of a black cat that looks suspiciously like the one he had as a child. He comes to the family house, now bolted with three padlocks. Pushing on, the man has three special encounters, each one relating an old Czech legend, each giving to him a golden key, each changing the seasons. The man returns with the keys to his house and uses them to unlock the palace of memory. S°s (A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North, 1993, etc.) builds the brief, poetic text from snippets of childhood remembrance, conjuring a highly personal image of the city, and a magical one. As always, his crabbed line drawings are a treasure hunt that slowly reveal their many pleasures. S°s summons a richly experienced childhood and a city full of wonders. (Author tour) (Folklore/Picture book. 6+)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-385-47292-7
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1994




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