Friday, March 28, 2008

The Bearskinner retold by Laura Amy Schlitz illustrated by Max Grafe

Laura Amy Schlitz is the 2007 Newbery Award winner. But she didn't win it for this book, The Bearskinner. Read it anyway!!! You'll find it in the 300's of the juvenile nonfiction section because it's a retelling of a Brothers Grimm tale. And what a beauty! Well written, breathtakingly illustrated, it's a story that you will remember because it is profound. A soldier, uniform is rags, walks through a forest in the winter's cold. Who should pop up but the devil himself, offering a deal that seems to be the answer to all the soldier's dreams. The soldier accepts and must live with the deal and it's rules for the next seven years. What is the deal? What are the rules? Does the soldier lose his soul? Read The Bearskinner and find out.

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