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The Resource East, Edith Pattou

East, Edith Pattou

Label
East
Title
East
Statement of responsibility
Edith Pattou
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2004
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2010
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2004
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2003.
Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ Gr. 6-10. The author of Hero’s Song (1991) and Fire Arrow (1998) weaves the essentials of the children’s fairy tale “East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon” into a rich tapestry that will resonate with readers of books such as Robin McKinley’s renderings of Beauty and the Beast. The story, which gently unfolds in several distinct voices, focuses on Rose, the youngest of seven children. When Rose is almost 15, a white bear appears at the door, asking Father to turn over his youngest daughter. The animal carries Rose to a distant castle, where she lives contentedly. Every night, a mysterious visitor climbs into her bed and hides under the covers. Is it the bear? Is it the scaly monster she sees in her dreams? She feels she must know. Unfortunately, her willfulness seals the fate of her nighttime visitor, who falls into the hands of the patient Troll Queen and is whisked away to “an unreachable place.” Guilt sets in, and Rose begins a long, arduous journey to right the wrong she has done. What ensues is the stuff of epic tale telling, replete with high drama and compelling characterizations. -- Sally Estes (BookList, September 1, 2003, p123)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 6 Up –A compelling novelization of the folktale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon." Rose's story–from her birth as a replacement for a dead sister to her eventual happy marriage to Charles VI's fifth child–is recounted from the kaleidoscopic viewpoints of her father, her brother, the troll queen who bewitched the Dauphin, the White Bear whom the Dauphin became until Rose's rescue, and Rose herself. Each character's unique perspective and voice adds texture and tension to the plot, which is imbued with Nordic mythology and unfolds in a unique story line. Numerous interpersonal tensions are examined, including those between a comparatively "modern" man and his superstitious wife, between the bewitched bear and the women who want to claim him as a mate, and between Rose and the neighbors she meets in each of her worlds. Pattou's writing pitches readers gracefully between myth and fantasy, inviting those unaccustomed to either genre to explore the frozen world of questing that she has so vividly created.–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA --Francisca Goldsmith (Reviewed December 1, 2003) (School Library Journal, vol 49, issue 12, p158)
  • Readers with a taste for fantasy and folklore will embrace Pattou's (Hero's Song) lushly rendered retelling of "East of the Sun and West of the Moon." In an old Norwegian village, a highly superstitious mother tries to protect her youngest child, Rose, from a dire prophecy; as the various characters take turns narrating the story, it is readily apparent that no one else takes the superstitions seriously. Nevertheless, Rose is "different" in many ways, from her purple eyes to her passion for weaving, which leads her to make a cloak patterned with a "wind rose" (a mapmaker's symbol indicating the direction of the winds)She also seems to attract the attention of a white bear, and when the bear finally approaches her, offering to make her poor family prosper and to restore her ill sister's health if Rose will come away with him, she finds the offer impossible to resist. Pattou unfolds her story slowly and carefully, luring readers across many miles with the brave and determined Rose. Handsomely evoking a landscape filled with castles, trolls, shamans and spellbound princes, the story will exercise its audience's imagination. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 28, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 30, p96)
  • Using multiple narrators, Pattou expands the Scandinavian folktale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" to epic length—adding little to the original. A white bear appears at a poor Norwegian farmer's door, promising a reversal of the family's fortunes in exchange for worrisomely fearless Rose. Away goes Rose on the bear's back, to a subterranean palace in "Fransk" where, eventually, she learns that the bear is an enchanted human prince. When he's swept off by a troll queen who's fallen in love with him, Rose, aided by a drunken sea captain, an Inuit shaman, and others, travels to the Arctic's far reaches to confront her, whereupon she conveniently destroys herself, leaving Rose and the bewildered prince free to settle into a happily-ever-after. Rose is a sturdy character inside and out, some in the supporting cast show engaging foibles, and the pace does pick up in the second half—but only fitfully does this achieve the intensity of feeling or vividness of setting that drives the best of the recent flurry of retold romances. (glossary) (Fiction. 11-15) (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2003)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
121847
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pattou, Edith
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
900L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
  • UG
  • UG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 12
Reading level
  • 6.1
  • 6.1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bears
  • Fairy tales
  • Bears
  • Bears
  • Arctic regions
  • Arctic Regions
Target audience
juvenile
Label
East, Edith Pattou
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
468127
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
498 pages
Isbn
9780152045630
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2003002338
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780152045630
  • (OCoLC)51728669
Label
East, Edith Pattou
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
468127
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
498 pages
Isbn
9780152045630
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2003002338
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780152045630
  • (OCoLC)51728669

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