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The Crystal Mountain

Published by Crocodile Books
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About The Book

When a weaver dreams of a lush land, she works tirelessly to recreate the place in a beautiful tapestry. But she and her three sons barely have time to admire her handiwork when the tapestry is stolen by jealous fairies. First Leon, the strong eldest son, then Blaine, the intellectual second son, vow to retrieve the tapestry. Yet neither Leon’s strength nor Blaine’s intelligence is enough to carry them to the tapestry’s whereabouts—high atop a shimmering crystal mountain. When his brothers fail to return, Perrin, the youngest son, sets off to recover the tapestry. Perrin’s determination and talent help him outwit the fairy thieves—proving that the mightiest hero is often the most unlikely. Ruth Sanderson weaves a magical spell in this retelling of an enchanting tale.

About The Author

Ruth Sanderson is the renowned illustrator and author of over 80 books for children. Her fairy tale retellings have been widely praised and much loved by children everywhere. Her original fairy tale, The Enchanted Wood, won both the Young Hoosier Award and the Bank Street College Award. The Texas Bluebonnet Award was given to her retelling of The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring. Her beautiful and ornate version of the classic fable Goldilocks is the latest addition to the collection. She lives in Easthampton, MA with her husband.

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“Sanderson combines elements from the Chinese story ‘The Magic Brocade’ and the Norwegian tale ‘Princess on the Glass Hill’ in this seamless, stately picture book for older readers. The beautiful oil paintings are rich with medieval allusion and full of flora, fauna, and details—a lion’s head on a horse’s trappings, the lace of a fairy wing—that engage the eye again and again. The complex ending, a bit more than happily ever after, will give young readers something additional to think about.” —Booklist

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