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Title:
The Sea King
Author:
Yolen, Jane.
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Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
Brooklyn, N.Y. : Crocodile Books, USA, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
Summary:
A tale, based on themes from Russian folklore, about a man who makes a promise to the Sea King but fails to keep it.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 0.5 83518.
ISBN:
9781566564595
Format :
Book

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This retelling of a classic fairy tale from Russia contains many rich elements of folklore. In doing a favor for a human king of the land, the Sea King tricks him into handing over his newborn son. Full-color illustrations.


Author Notes

Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She received a bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1960 and a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. After college, she became an editor in New York City and wrote during her lunch break. She sold her first children's book, Pirates in Petticoats, at the age of 22. Since then, she has written over 300 books for children, young adults, and adults.

Her other works include the Emperor and the Kite, Owl Moon, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and The Devil's Arithmetic. She has won numerous awards including the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-Folkloric motifs abound and Baba Yaga and Vasilisa make cameo appearances in this original folktale. When a king spares the life of a talking eagle, he sets in motion a series of events-the bird gives him a gift that he opens before he should, the sea king rescues the gift but demands his price, and finally the king's son must return to the sea king's crystal palace and accomplish three tasks. Students of folk literature will find a literal treasure hunt as they search for the numerous elements that enrich the story. While youngsters may enjoy the puzzlelike aspects of the tale, stilted dialogue ("Give me that which you do not know is in your house") and lifeless characters that function almost as archetypes make it difficult for readers to become fully engaged. Czernecki's masterfully stylized illustrations do little to offset the flat characterization. The bold graphics tantalize the eye, but the round-headed protagonists have about as much personality as old Fisher-Price play people. One tidbit of wisdom is worth noting-after the king spends years avoiding the sea in the hope that the sea king will forget, the authors assert, "Years passed. But promises do not."-Jeanne Clancy Watkins, Chester County Library, Exton, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.