Tales of the Far North

Eva Martin, Author, Laszlo Gal, Illustrator Dial Books $12.95 (123p) ISBN 978-0-8037-0319-3
Martin has compiled and retold tales with familiar motifs that have a Canadian setting, stories that were brought to that country by European settlers. This is a richly compelling collection, replete with cheats, rascals, princesses, fleet-footed horses, tricksters and clever young brothers. Gal's paintings structure space magically, blending past and present, with incandescent colors, and he lifts the reader instantly into a fairy tale dimension. There are but two flaws: the acknowledgements convey much information but are buried in the back; and ""The Healing Spring,'' the first story, is pointless and implausible, throwing off the smooth tone of the book with jarring morbidity. All ages. (April)
Reviewed on: 03/31/1987
Release date: 04/01/1987
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