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The Land of Long Ago Hardcover – September 1, 2010
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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'I would recommend this fairy tale with its classic pictures for young people aged 3 to 6 years, and it is very enjoyable to read it out loud.' -- Corinna Spellerberg, Education Otherwise 'Elsa captures the magic of childhood beautifully.' -- Juno, Winter 2010 'A beloved Swedish tale, literally from long ago, is now published in English ... The illustrations have the lovely faded texture of a well-worn and oft-read story, with soft colors and edges and static tableaux. The particular images of princess and knight, dragon and meadow, sheep and garden echo antecedents in medieval manuscripts and in 19th-century book illustration ... An old-fashioned telling with definite contemporary appeal.' -- Kirkus Review
About the Author
Elsa Beskow (1874-1953), born Elsa Maartman in Stockholm, was a pioneering author and illustrator of children's books in Sweden―perhaps the best known of all Swedish children's book artists. Her books were inspired by her own childhood experiences, as well as those of her six children. Central themes were the relationships between children and adults and children's independent initiative. Her books are continually reprinted, and many have become classics. She also illustrated ABC books and songbooks for Swedish schools.
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There is a dragon who is slain in this book. His head is chopped off by a knight. My 4 year old has been running around pretending to chop off his toy animal's heads.