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The Troll With No Heart in His Body and Other Tales of Trolls from Norway Hardcover – May 24, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; Reprint edition (May 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081668457X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816684571
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An appealing collection . . . spiced with danger, heroism, humorous moments, and violence that’s toned—not watered—down." —Kirkus Reviews

"A noteworthy addition to the folktale shelf." —Publishers Weekly

"Lunge-Larsen’s retellings honor the oral spirit of their origins." —Horn Book Review

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Lise Lunge-Larsen is the author of seven books for children, including Race of the Birkebeiners.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David K. Porter on September 6, 2013
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At the cabin with grandkids (7 and 12), reading one or two stories aloud every evening. Just marvelous, and the kids kept
asking for repeats and "just one more story." Plus, they each asked to borrow it to take home. (How's that for a winner?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meredith S. on January 15, 2014
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This richly illustrated picture book by Lise Lunge-Larsen includes evocative woodcuts by Mary Azarian, whose distinguished work appears in her own as well as other examples of children's literature. The author, who was born in Norway and now lives in northern Wisconsin, addresses parents as well as children, explaining how these imaginative tales drew their inspiration from the abundance of mountains, forests, rocks, rivers, and valleys which comprise the natural habitat of Norway. She encourages parents not to be overly concerned with what might be perceived as violent or gory motifs, because each troll-dilemma faced by the main character comes to a satisfactory resolution, and in the process, provides constructive life lessons for its readers. Those unfamiliar with Norse literature will find these unique tales to be a refreshing departure from run-of-the-mill children's stories, yet universal in their direct, homespun appeal. Most people will recognize the tale of the "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," which makes frequent appearances in other children's anthologies. In every case, Mary Azarian's woodcuts cause the stories to come alive. I consider this book a worthy heirloom to be passed from one generation to the next, and treasure it myself.
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