Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Troll With No Heart In His Body

Here's a collection of stories you're going to want to own!  The Troll With No Heart in His Body and Other Tales of Trolls from Norway retold by Lise Lunge-Larsen, woodcuts by Betsy Bowen.  (Published by the University of Minnesota Press)  This book is SO cool.
First; the woodcuts. The art work in this book is amazing.  Each story is enhanced by the illustrations.  Look at that dragon!  (I had a hard time deciding what pages to photograph for this post.)  OH, and the book itself is BEAUTIFUL.  It's a book you want to own.

As for the folktales you'll find inside:
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Boy Who Became a Lion, a Falcon, and an Ant
The Handshake
The Boy and the North Wind
The White Cat in the Dovre Mountain
The Sailors and the Troll
The Eating Competition
The Troll with No Heart in His Body
(Each story is prefaced with a small introduction by the author, I loved the tidbits she shared to better enjoy and understand each one.)

Of course I knew the Billy Goats (which happens to be one of my all time favorite stories, I collect versions of this tale) here's a couple of pix:

I was vaguely familiar with some of the other tales (Jan Brett has made her own renditions of a couple) most of them were new to me.  I read this book one story at a time to my boys over the course of a week or so.  Each night they couldn't wait to hear the next one!  (We've read many of the stories multiple times since then.)

BUT one of the very best parts of the book (this is high praise because I loved this book for the stories and the art) was the note from the author at the beginning.  Lise Lunge-Larsen is a storyteller.  She's been sharing these stories for years.  In the note she eloquently explains the importance of telling and reading folktales.  It was amazing- you've gotta read it!  I loved it.  I love this book!

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