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Bronwen, the Traw, and the Shape-Shifter Hardcover – 1986

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; childrens book edition (1986)
  • ASIN: B000HQ24L0
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,166,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NightOwlBookstore on April 9, 2010
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To read the authoritative reviews on Bronwen, the Traw and the Shape-Shifter, you'd think this book was a real stinker. And maybe it is, if you're the sort who can render a cathedral in excrutiatingly exacting historical and architectural detail, yet overlook the doves nesting in the corbels. Case in point -- David Macaulay's 1987 review of this book, written shortly after it's release: "Over-designed!" he declared, "[An] ill-conceived, pretentious product that undercuts the abilities of both of its artists and underestimates the intelligence of the discerning book buyer."

Color me undiscerning, but I bought this book for my children in 1987, and -- 22 years later -- bought another copy for my grandchildren. While I agree with Macaulay that this book is not without its flaws, I think it's a wonderful gift to the imagination of any child. Richard Jesse Watson's illustrations are nothing short of enchanting, and the poetic imagery is richly drawn. Will a child's attention stay riveted for the entirety of this 4-part epic poem? Probably not. But will the mind's eye of a child be opened by the imagery of Bronwen digging in the garden, "for the magical color That comes up through the stem of the rose"?

Will children innately recognize that primordial child-fear of the darkness, upon reading Dickey's description of the awakening All-Dark, as it "turns loose a thing from its middle, A cloud-shape with fingers of coal That drops a black rain on the bedspread And makes a deep noise like a hole"?

I think so.

Again, this book is not without its flaws, but it's far from a failure. Had I been James Dickey's editor, I would have urged shortening the book from 32 pages to, perhaps, 20. Had I been Macaulay's editor, I might have urged a sketching a nest into the corbel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boniato on May 19, 2010
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This is one of my favorite books ever. My mom used to read it to me, over and over, whenever I asked when I was wee. I just loved the rhythm and the story line. I used to imagine for myself the adventures that I would have in a magical night time. I suppose that my love of poetry now stems from my mother's readings when I was a child. I can NOT believe that this is not considered a classic kid's book, it is a shame that more kids don't get to hear the magical story of Bronwen- and as prose, it scans! That's awesome these days!
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