For “Perfect Picture Book Friday” this week, a lovely new feature on Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog, I am reviewing a book with a difference.
Retold by Julie Somark Original Text: by Jinrak Kim
Ilustrator: Jonggyun Jang
Theme and topic: Originally a Polish Folk tale of a heroic adventure of a brave young boy to save his mother, and a Moral Lesson…. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Synopsis: A multicultural story of three sons who take turns to reach the top of a mountain that has special water at the base of a fountain known to bring the dead back to life. In a bid to bring their Mother back to life, it is the third and youngest son, after the older two have failed, that manages to reach the fountain. His extraordinary adventures are told in rhyming text and dramatic illustrations.
Why I like it: I love anything multicultural, and although the pictures are expressively dramatic, dark and mysterious, it has a very special message, of believing in ourselves, that with confidence and determination anything is possible. The first couple of pages gives brief details of the French illustrator Gustave Dore of the mid 19th century. In the back they set out pages specifically asking the reader to talk about the story and the Art work, questions set out asking about the Moral Lesson and a dictionary of Words used in the Story. An ideal book to use in the classroom to promote discussion not only about the book and story but the history of Poland, and could be used in Art courses and drama classes.
Resources: There is a CD in the back of this book telling the story in both Drama Version as well as Bedtime Version as well as a track of Questions and Answers.
– Gustave Dore -Wikipedia
-September21.com -PDF file