|Bearskin, by Howard Pyle and Trina Schart Hyman|
Afterward by Peter Glassman
Written by Howard Pyle
Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
Books of Wonder, 1997
Fairy Tale, Diversity
"There was a king traveling through the country, and he and those with him were so far away from home that darkness caught them by the heels and they had to stop at a stone mill for the night, because there was no other place handy. While they sat at supper they heard a sound in the next room, and it was a baby crying."
In typical Pyle fashion, a King hears a prophesy that the miller's son will marry his daughter. He is outraged, takes the baby, and hands it off to a servant to be destroyed. The huntsman's wife takes pity on him, but instead of going to live with seven dwarfs (ahem) he is put into a pitch-lined basket and set adrift on the river (sound familiar?). The baby is raised by a magical bear, but eventually seeks to make his way among his own kind. Bearskin, as he is now known, falls in love with the princess. With the help of three wishes, Bearskin makes a fool of his rival, vanquishes a dragon, and wins the hand of the princess, just like the wise man saw in the stars. An old-fashioned fairy-tale with golden-age sensibilities and modern illustrations. Not-to-be-missed.
What I Love:
A great pick for romantics for Valentine's Day. I love Pyle's nostalgic writing style. I love this gorgeous edition with lavishly diverse illustrations by the late Trina Schart Hyman. I love Peter Glassman's afterward: "In creating new art for this century-old tale, Trina Schart Hyman, like Pyle before her, has taken the story to another level. In her illustrations, we are introduced to a fairy-tale kingdom in which people of different races live, love, work, and play together . . . inspiring all who visit this fairy-tale realm to strive to make our own everyday world more like it."
|The poem for six o'clock, |
from The Wonder Clock,
illustrated by Howard Pyle.
3. Visit Peter Glassman's Books of Wonder in New York. You can see Trina Schart Hyman's Work at Books of Wonder, R. Michaelson Galleries, and Hofstra.
4. Celebrate diversity. Reinvent traditional fairy tales with a new spin, set them in modern times, in a different culture, with a diverse cast, as Bearskin does. Se where your imagination takes you.
5. Bearskin has an opulent picnic during his adventures. If, like me, the view from your window is unchanging white, then a picnic is in order!
6. Check out these and other Perfect Picture Books at your local library.
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