LUCIA AND THE LIGHT by Phyllis Root

LUCIA AND THE LIGHT

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In Root’s original pourquois tale, Lucia skis up a mountain to find the sun that has abandoned her wintry land. Accompanied by the family’s clever “milk-white cat,” she’s menaced by giant trolls, who’ve hidden the sleeping sun to prevent its light from impeding their nonstop gorging. They taunt Lucia with a game of keep-away, using the rag-wrapped ball they claim is the sun. Lucia tries fooling them into thinking she’s got the sun by igniting moss in the tinderbox she brought—but the marauders are nonplussed. Before they can eat Lucia and “the pussums,” the cat bats the orb, which, losing its wrappings, rolls “right off the edge of the mountaintop and up into the sky, growing bigger and brighter as it climbed.” Root’s smooth, folkloric narration suits the story, but allowing the cat the glory renders Lucia less heroic. GrandPré’s charming full-bleed pastel illustrations effectively use perspective and color to show small Lucia’s pluck in taking on both the harsh landscape and the trolls. In all, a sturdy, satisfying venture. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-7636-2296-6
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2006




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