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Sindbad in the Land of Giants Hardcover – May 22, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books; English Language edition (May 22, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780887764615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887764615
  • ASIN: 0887764614
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,096,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 2-5-Continuing the tales begun in her Sindbad (Tundra, 1999), Zeman retells another yarn from A Thousand and One Nights. Despite vows to stay put, the sailor finds the call of adventure too great and sets off on a disastrous voyage. Driven off course by cruel winds, he and his crewmates wash up on the terrifying Mountain of the Monkeys. From there, it's all downhill for the luckless crew-the men encounter a castle garnished with human bones, a terrible beast with eyes like fire and a taste for raw sailor, serpents and sea creatures, and more-will Sindbad ever escape? And how? The story only takes hapless readers so far, before promising more in a future book. Engagingly written, the story is fleshed out by Zeman's pencil, colored-pencil, and watercolor illustrations. Richly detailed, with intricate borders, the pictures are strongly reminiscent of Near Eastern miniatures, thus evoking the culture from which the story springs. Readers will pore over the art, drawing detail from it to enhance the text. John Yeoman's The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor (McElderry, 1997) is a broader work, and certainly Quentin Blake's illustrations provide a contrast in style. But for those who like adventure stories with gorgeous artwork, this title is a sound addition to folklore collections.

Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 4-8. Zeman's storytelling combines laid-back horror with tall-tale adventure as Sindbad the Sailor narrowly escapes all kinds of monsters on his voyages across the ocean. Her pictures--in pencil, colored pencil, and watercolor--are lush with the intricate detail of embroidered cloth wall hangings. There are skulls and skeletons everywhere and also beasts that range from a snake the size of a dragon to a huge razor-toothed giant who "merrily" grills a fat captain for supper. There's never any doubt that the intrepid Sindbad will escape with cunning and luck. Kids will enjoy the action with demons that are deliciously scary but never threatening. In the end, Sindbad saves his life by telling his captors the story of his adventures, and Zeman points out in her note that this parallels the fate of Sharazad, who is telling the Sindbad stories to save her life. Hazel Rochman
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Format: Hardcover
Sindbad In The Land Of Giants is a wonderful retelling of a classic fairytale adventure drawn from the "Arabian Nights". Sinbad is not long on his voyage of adventure when his ship is overrun by monkeys. To escape, the crew abandons the ship and rows toward a mysterious island where they find that the "rocky" beach is actually covered in bones! A terrible, man-eating giant captures the Sinbad and his crew, and begins to prepare to eat them for his dinner. Sinbad and some of his comrades are able to escape, but danger lurks around every turn. It will take all of Sinbad's cunning, courage and luck to return safely to Baghdad! Ludmila Zeman is a master storyteller and a superb artist who is able to provide young readers ages 6 and older with a delightful storybook experience filled with suspense and comedy.
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Of Ludmila Zeman's three beautiful picture books covering Sindbad's seven voyages, this one is the most likely to upset younger or sensitive children. As captivating as the first, with stunning illustrations in the same style, this book is great for children who enjoy death-defying adventure and don't mind an element of horror. First Sindbad's ship is taken over by hordes of vicious monkeys, and the escapees are immediately captured by a bloodthirsty giant who proceeds to roast the captain over an open flame. Sindbad gets away, only to have his companion swallowed whole by a giant snake. The book is beautiful and the story gripping. Highly recommended for children who can handle the somewhat gruesome content.
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Format: Hardcover
The second book in the trilogy starts off in the morning of the next day and Sindbad continues telling his adventures at sea. This time we have one voyage with several incidents which are quite dark and scary. So again, I'm noting my personal recommendation for these books as appropriate for ages 8 and up rather than the publisher's 6+. Sindbad's ship has been driven off course towards the horrible Mountain of Monkeys which is an island covered with a particularly loathsome variety of hairy monkey. These monkeys swim out to the ship and literally tear it to ragged pieces. The crew manage to get away on a rowboat and make for the shores of the island where they head for a magnificent castle (the temple at Angkor, as mentioned in the Author's Note), only to find that it is inhabited by a giant beast who captures them, puts them in a cage and promptly roasts the captain for his supper. Once they escape, having caused grave harm to the Beast they go back to the boat and find that the Beast's brothers are so angry at them that they are destroying their ship thinking they are on board. The waves cause a terrible turmoil and two survivors, one of which is Sindbad, arrive on an island filled with ferocious man-eating beasts. Of course, Sindbad makes his way home and the book ends promising us one more tale of Sindbad's voyages. This story is a dark one and may scare some children, others, perhaps especially boys will thrill at the adventures this time around. But once again while the storytelling is entertaining, it is the incredible artwork that truly carries the text along. The Author's Note this time, briefly recounts the Shahrazad story, for those who may not have read the first book, and explains the importance of the Thousand and One Nights to today's society.
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By AWAIR Reviews on May 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For the past century people in the West in particular have been fascinated by the stories of the Arabian Night. Perhaps the best-known is Sindbad the Sailor. Ludmila Zeman, who brought us the Gilgamesh triology put her extraordinary talents as a storyteller and an illustrator together for us again, in this work, bringing alive the earthy spirit and atmosphere of the tale that endures as one of the most compelling adventure yarns every penned.

Teachers/Librarians: Kindergarten to 7th grade. Never underestimate a children's picture storybook to hold the rapt attention of upper elementary students when it is read aloud to them!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa L. Ryder on September 2, 2005
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We very much liked how smoothly this volume carries on the story in Zeman's Sindbad series. Very nice introductions to Sindbad for younger children.
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