October 8, 2014

A Newfoundland tale

The Queen of Paradise's Garden
adapted by Andy Jones
illustrated by Darka Erdelji

Three brothers named Tom, Bill, and the youngest, Jack, set out to find the Queen of Paradise's Garden, where they hope to find a magic fruit that will make their elderly parents young again. In the manner of all tales, only Jack has hope of succeeding.

This is an unusual, lovely tale, ideal for reading out loud. It's charm lies in its musicality, for the words have the cadence of Celtic song and the lilt of the Newfoundland storyteller. The whimsical illustrations, drawn with a deft hand, provide a fine accompaniment.

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