Two-time Newbery Award winner Katherine Paterson has published The Flint Heart with her husband John, published by Candlewick and including 63 spectacular illustrations, chapter headings and page decorations by John Rocco.
The Flint Heart is a robust and wildly entertaining fairy tale, freely abridged from Eden Phillpotts’s 1910 fantasy and wryly retold by Katherine and John Paterson. An ambitious Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe’s magic man creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe. Thousands of years later, the talisman reemerges to corrupt a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial badger. Can Charles and his sister Unity, who have consulted with fairies such as the mysterious Zagabog, wisest creature in the universe, find a way to rescue humans, fairies, and animals alike from the dark influence of the Flint Heart? This humorous, hearty, utterly delightful fairy tale is the sort for an entire family to savor together or an adventurous youngster to devour.
“…true to the language and story line of the original, preserving the book's humor, whimsy, and enchanting storytelling.” Publishers Weekly
“This tale promises another triumph for the award-winning author and her husband.” Children’s Literature
Earlier this year, Katherine – now the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature – published Brother Sun, Sister Moon (Chronicle Books), illustrated by Pamela Dalton. A gifted schrenenschnitte artist, says Katherine, Patricia cuts each illustration from a single piece of paper, dyed with coffee and then painted.
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