TAM LIN by Susan Cooper
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TAM LIN

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Another excellent presentation of the Scottish legend, quite different in flavor from the recent Yolen/Mikolaycak version (p. 1255/C-227), Cooper makes more of a feminist point of her heroine's independence, introducing "Margaret" as a rebel who remarks that she is "not a flower waiting to be picked. I would rather do my own picking"--a neat prediction of the act that will introduce her to her enchanted prince; she also omits religious references and makes Tam Lin's symbolic rebirth more explicit. Her nicely honed telling is brisk and witty; Yolen's is stately and poetic. And where Mikolaycak's characters have a brooding, statuesque nobility, Hutton's illustrations are lighter, more informal: his couple could be spotted in any high school, drawn poignantly together, intently plotting their escape from a higher power; misty and authentic, his moonlit Scottish landscapes feed the imgination. A rich comparison for readers lucky enough to see both.
Pub Date: March 29th, 1991
ISBN: 0-689-50505-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2000




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