Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Fortune-Tellers

The Fortune-Tellers, by Lloyd Alexander,
illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
The Fortune-Tellers is probably Lloyd Alexander's most famous picture book.  Published in 1992 by Dutton Children's Books.  It  is classic Alexander in picture book form:  exotic location, flim flammery, wit, humor, and true love.  We are all blessed that one day the author found this 15-year-old manuscript in the eaves of his attic.

Trina Schart Hyman asked him to tweak the theme so she could incorporate Cameroon, a piece of her grandsons' heritage.

Check future posts for Alexander's other picture books: The Four Donkeys, Dream-of-Jade, How the Cat Swallowed Thunder, and The House Gobbaleen.

Illustration from The Fortune-Tellers

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