THE SILVER DONKEY by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Don Powers (Candlewick)
THE OLD COUNTRY by Mordicai Gerstein (Roaring Brook)
Well, thanks to Mordicai Gerstein's Caldecott-winner THE MAN WHO WALKED BETWEEN THE TOWERS we knew could draw, but this proves him to be a double-threat! This ambitious, mysterious novel intoned from the half-warm, half-warning tones of a grandmother who has seen much, young Giselle stares too long into the eyes of a fox and finds she has exchanged shape with the beast. Set in an unspecific "Old Country" during a time of war, the girl-fox struggles to survive and to reunite with her family. Will the fox and the perpetrators of this terrible war ever come to justice? Told with special sympathies toward the most vulnerable, this book has a special potency as a parable for peace. Folkloric and mystifying, this is one memorable trip into the woods. (9 and up)
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