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The Resource The Sea King, Jane Yolen & Shulamith Oppenheim ; illustrated by Stefan Czernecki

The Sea King, Jane Yolen & Shulamith Oppenheim ; illustrated by Stefan Czernecki

Label
The Sea King
Title
The Sea King
Statement of responsibility
Jane Yolen & Shulamith Oppenheim ; illustrated by Stefan Czernecki
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A tale, based on themes from Russian folklore, about a man who makes a promise to the Sea King but fails to keep it
Writing style
Review
  • K-Gr 4 –Folkloric motifs abound and Baba Yaga and Vasilisa make cameo appearances in this original folktale. When a king spares the life of a talking eagle, he sets in motion a series of events–the bird gives him a gift that he opens before he should, the sea king rescues the gift but demands his price, and finally the king's son must return to the sea king's crystal palace and accomplish three tasks. Students of folk literature will find a literal treasure hunt as they search for the numerous elements that enrich the story. While youngsters may enjoy the puzzlelike aspects of the tale, stilted dialogue ("Give me that which you do not know is in your house") and lifeless characters that function almost as archetypes make it difficult for readers to become fully engaged. Czernecki's masterfully stylized illustrations do little to offset the flat characterization. The bold graphics tantalize the eye, but the round-headed protagonists have about as much personality as old Fisher-Price play people. One tidbit of wisdom is worth noting–after the king spends years avoiding the sea in the hope that the sea king will forget, the authors assert, "Years passed. But promises do not."–Jeanne Clancy Watkins, Chester County Library, Exton, PA --Jeanne Clancy Watkins (Reviewed June 1, 2003) (School Library Journal, vol 49, issue 6, p134)
  • Combining several elements of Russian folklore, the authors create an engaging tale using old motifs in new ways. A king spares an eagle he was going to shoot; the eagle speaks and promises to be useful, offering the king two boxes that he's not to open just yet. He does, of course, and when the enclosed livestock run amok, the sea king, Morskoi Tsar, gathers them back, making the king promise to give him "that which you do not know is in your house." The king returns home to find he's promised his baby son, born while he was away. When the prince is claimed, he has a few adventures with the iron-toothed Baba Yaga and the sea king's daughter Vasilisa the Wise, who with her sisters is sometimes a bird. The sea king sets the prince to three tasks, which he accomplishes with the help of Vasilisa, a relationship sure to end in marriage. The bright, deep colors of Russian folk art, particularly the nesting dolls called matryoshka, inform the pictures, making pleasing patterns. Because the faces are built on these geometric forms, expressions are limited to a grimacing smile or a turned-down comma for a frown. Lots of folkloric elements neatly combined and pictures bright enough for group reading create a nice addition to Yolen's huge canon both singly and with collaborators. (Picture book/folktale. 6-9) (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2002)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
133199
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Yolen, Jane
Dewey number
  • 398.2/0947/01
  • E
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ8.1.Y815
LC item number
Se 2003
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 4
Reading level
4.1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey
  • Czernecki, Stefan
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kings and rulers
  • Folklore
  • Folklore
  • Kings and rulers
Target audience
primary
Label
The Sea King, Jane Yolen & Shulamith Oppenheim ; illustrated by Stefan Czernecki
Instantiates
Publication
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
ocm48966977
Dimensions
24 x 28 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781566564595
Lccn
2001007136
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)48966977
Label
The Sea King, Jane Yolen & Shulamith Oppenheim ; illustrated by Stefan Czernecki
Publication
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
ocm48966977
Dimensions
24 x 28 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781566564595
Lccn
2001007136
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)48966977

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