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A weave of words : an Armenian tale
San Souci, Robert D.
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Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A reworking of Armenian folktales in which a lazy prince learns to read, write, and weave to win his love only to have these very talents later save him from a three-headed monster.
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.7 0.5 25979.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.2 2 Quiz: 13077 Guided reading level: P.
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PZ8.S248 WE 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Author Notes

Robert D. San Souci was born on October 10, 1946 in San Francisco, California. He attended college at St. Mary's College in Moraga. After holding jobs in book stores and in publishing, he became a full-time author in 1974.

He was best known for his adaptations of folklore for children. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 100 books for young readers including Song of Sedna, Kate Shelley: Bound for Legend, The Talking Eggs, Two Bear Cubs, Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella, Brave Margaret: An Irish Tale, Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow, and Cinderella Skeleton. He wrote 12 books which were illustrated by his younger brother Daniel San Souci including The Legend of Scarface, Sister Tricksters: Rollicking Tales of Clever Females, and As Luck Would Have It: From The Brothers Grimm. He also wrote nonfiction works for children, several novels for adults, and the film story for Disney's Mulan.

The Legend of Scarface won the Notable Children's Trade Book in the Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies, and was a Horn Book honor list citation. Sukey and the Mermaid won the American Library Association's Notable Book citation in 1992 and Cut from the Same Cloth won an Aesop Award from the Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society. He died on December 19, 2014 at the age of 68.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 6^-9. While hunting in the forest, Prince Vachagan meets and falls in love with Anait, a weaver's daughter, who refuses to marry him because he can neither read nor write nor make his living by his hands. Taking her words to heart, the prince shuns his lazy palace ways, earning her hand by learning to read and write, and weave a beautiful carpet. Years later, those skills enable Queen Anait to find and save King Vachagan after he is captured and imprisoned by a monstrous, three-headed dev. Drawn from many sources of Armenian folklore, the story weaves strong characters, an adventurous plot, and underlying wisdom into a fabric as beautiful as the carpet King Vachagan weaves to save his life. Rich with subtle colors and strong composition, Colon's textured paintings create a fantasy world that reflects the tale's subtlety and its dramatic force. Readers tired of princes rescuing princesses will have the added pleasure of seeing a queen rescue her beloved king. A fine picture book to read aloud. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5‘On the watch for a traditional tale with a strong female figure? This Armenian story features a weaver's daughter who requires the idle prince who courts her to become both literate and skilled at a craft. He does, weaving a unique carpet to prove his achievement. She herself learns to ride and wield a sword, so they are prepared to reign, but also ready for changes in fortunes. When Vachagan is imprisoned by a greedy demon, his skill at the loom saves his life, and also enables him to send a coded message to his queen-wife. Anait reads the pattern and rides at the head of an army to rescue her king-husband. If the patterning of the story is a bit too geometric (the prince's initial reform is quite abrupt), the story is still a lively adventure with the satisfying shape of fairy tales. In the pictures, too, a simple but romantic style and a touch of the marvelous place readers firmly in the world of the tale. Col(the prince's initial reform is quite abrupt), the story is still a lively adventure with the sat of green and lapis. Like the delicate frames around each picture, they are not weighted with detail but suggest the exotic. A faint flavor of the 1930s film style links this Armenian story with its new American audience.‘Patricia Lothrop-Green, St. George's School, Newport, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.