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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883672961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883672966
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,412,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lewis (Davy's Dream) draws on folkloric and artistic traditions of the Pacific Northwest coastal tribes for this somewhat attentuated tale. Thrown from his canoe during a storm, a boy is "washed ashore under a strange sky he had never seen before." Inhabitants of the coastal village, who are very large and dressed in vivid garb, welcome him with a feast and a celebration. The chief recognizes the boy's homesickness and returns him to "his very own village"?where he discovers that a year has passed in his absence. Though the totem-like motifs of Lewis's boldly colored and sharply defined artwork provide drama, several illustrations are repetitious. Also, despite a few clues (fish swimming in what appears to be the sky, killer whales displayed like trophies in one of the strangers' houses) the story's key element may perplex younger readers?these "finely dressed people" are in fact whales in human form. A comprehensive?and sophisticated?author's note credits the mythological motifs encountered in the story (Separation, Initiation and Return) to the writings of Joseph Campbell. Ages 5-10.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Ages 6^-9. An adaptation from traditional oral sources of the Haida and Tlingit peoples of the northwest coast of North America, this adventure story concerns a chief's young son who is thrown from a canoe and finds himself on the shore of a strange village. Welcomed as a "son of a chief from above," the boy joins the welcome celebration, learns the dances of his hosts, and teaches his rescuers the dances of his own people. When he returns to his native village, he is greeted with joy because he was believed drowned. Because the narrative style is direct and concrete and the book design is so effective (the type is large and readable; the paintings fill double-page spreads), the tale is worth reading aloud. The artwork is powerful and arresting: large geometric shapes and strong details in red, white, and black reflect the ceremonial art of the Haida and Tlingit. Extensive notes are provided. Janice Del Negro --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It has all the elements of a great children's storybook - the illustrations are lush and vibrant, with great attention to historical, cultural and artistic detail.
Lesley Watson
The story is great but the illustration are what elevate the book far beyond other children's books.
L. Anderson-Pomeroy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Paul O. Lewis does a great service to children by using a scholarly approach to his young hero. Giving us not only rich and evocative artwork
but portraying the ancient tale of the mythic
hero with fresh and innocent eyes is a wonderful
gift. Readers seeking the beauty of a children's
book that provides an uplifting experience and
faithful cultural feeling will fall in love with this
book just as I have. -V.S.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Watson on June 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
I orginally bought a copy of this book for my eldest son in 1997 on a visit home to Vancouver Island. My younger son, aged 3, discovered it in the bookshelf and absolutely loves this story and wants to read it nearly every night. It has all the elements of a great children's storybook - the illustrations are lush and vibrant, with great attention to historical, cultural and artistic detail. The story is simple, with minimal text - half of the story is alluded to via the illustrations. The boy accidentally finds himself in a parallel supernatural undersea world, and eventually returns to his own village bringing spiritual gifts to his people. I will definately be buying a copy of Frog Girl. More please...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jane Bedinger on December 4, 2001
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People will be framing the artwork from this book fifty years from now. And it's one of my son's favorite books. Great for reading aloud, one of the books you keep reaching for. A classic story, well told and beautifully rendered with images that are faithful to the actual traditions and styles of the Haida and Tlingit people. So it's not just "mind candy" -- it's an introduction to a culture.
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I became aware of Storm Boy through some cards in a bookstore. The artwork was so fabulous I had to buy the book. I purchased it originally to give as a Christmas gift to a child, but after receiving it, I am keeping it for myself. The story gives the reader some sense of the mystical aspects of life of the NW coastal native people. Consciousness takes many forms in humans and animals - this is one such story, and it is fascinating. I can't believe I had never heard of it before - so glad I took a chance and ordered it!
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By L. Anderson-Pomeroy on September 30, 2011
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I just bought this book for my 2 year old son. We live in the Pacific Northwest so I bought this book for that connection. He was instantly mesmerized by the book, whispering along wide eyed and talked on and on about the story afterward. It clearly resonated with him. He may not understand all the words but he got the story from the beautiful illustrations. The story is great but the illustration are what elevate the book far beyond other children's books. I highly recommend this book.
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