THE SHIPWRECKED SAILOR by Tamara Bower
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THE SHIPWRECKED SAILOR

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Age Range: 7 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

For all its brevity, this sailor’s yarn, possibly 4,000 years old, positively vibrates with wonder, danger, joy, and deeper meaning. Sole survivor of a sudden catastrophe, a sailor washes up on an island paradise—which, he soon discovers, he shares with a gigantic serpent, 30 cubits long and covered with scales of gold and lapis lazuli. The serpent, declaring himself the Prince of Punt and the last living member of a once-large family, welcomes the sailor to the “Island of the Soul,” promising him that he will be reunited with his wife and children, and that although the lovely island will disappear when he leaves, he will always carry it with him. Bower, trained in the Egyptian Departments of two major art museums, not only illustrates the tale with expertly stylized scenes based on New Kingdom temple and tomb murals, but repeats important lines in hieroglyphics, paired to literal translations, and appends incisive notes on her sources and symbology. Budding Egyptologists as well as lovers of well-told, multi-layered folktales will treasure this outstanding debut. (bibliography, map) (Picture book/folktale. 7-11)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-689-83046-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2000




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