Friday, July 10, 2015

The Song of Delphine


The Song of Delphine 
Written and illustrated by Kenneth Kraegel
Candlewick Press, 2015. Picture Book

Delphine works as a servant in a palace near the Savannah.  To pass the long lonely hours she sings to herself while she works.  One day a young princess comes to the castle.  Delphine hopes they can be friends, but the princess is intentionally cruel to Delphine.  One night as Delphine pours out her sadness and loneliness in song, help comes to her from an unexpected source.  This new folktale is told in simple prose and masterful watercolor-and-ink illustrations.  Kraegel's message of hope will resonate with young readers: if you hang on and do your best to be kind, things can get better.

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