For centuries, readers have been fascinated by the stories of the Arabian Nights. Perhaps the best-known is Sindbad the Sailor. He discovers an island paradise, but it is actually a giant whale. He sees a huge mountain. It is, in fact, the egg of the famous Roc, a bird so huge that she can carry an elephant in her talons. Sindbad manages to escape from Roc’s nest by tying his turban to the bird’s leg and is transported to the final adventure in this volume: the Valley of Diamonds. It is a story of high adventure and wit overcoming any obstacle.
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Ludmila Zeman was born in the former Czechoslovakia and immigrated to Canada in 1984. She has taught art in Vancouver, created animated sequences for Sesame Street and, with her husband, made the film Lord of the Sky, an award-winning animated short. Her epic Gilgamesh trilogy won numerous awards. Her book, The First Red Maple Leaf, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Illustration.From Publishers Weekly :
Zeman (The Last Quest of Gilgamesh) focuses primarily on the second voyage of Sindbad the Sailor for her retelling, which strikes the informal tone that Shahrazad might have adopted when she first relayed the adventures to King Shahriyar. But it's the illustrations that will carry the stories in readers' minds. Zeman sets the scene, explaining that Shahrazad told the 1,001 tales in order to save her life, but she pairs the information with a portrait of the king asleep on his bride's lap. In succeeding spreads, the artwork incorporates many motifs from Persian rugs: a border of exotic birds frames the meeting between Sindbad the Porter and Sindbad the Sailor; a background of hunters on horseback, foxes and prancing deer decorates the volume's most elegant painting, a portrait of the young Sindbad. A strong use of perspective emphasizes the sailor's precarious position when a vulture unwittingly saves Sindbad from the viper-filled Valley of Diamonds and drops him onto the branch of a tree atop a cliff. At times the integrity of the compositions founders due to bug-eyed caricatures of Sindbad and other characters. However, the volume ends on a note of strength with an ornate depiction of Sindbad the Porter's intimate audience with Sindbad the Sailor, and thus brings readers full circle to the importance and magic of storytelling. Ages 6-up. (Nov.)
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Description du livre Tundra Books, Toronto, 1999. Hard Cover. État : New. Etat de la jaquette : New. First Edition. First Edition, first printing. New. Not price clipped or marked in any way. Jacket protected by clear removable mylar archival cover. From the Tales of the Thousand and One Nights, retold and illustrated by Ludmila Zeman. Jacket over illustrated laminated boards. Voyage with Sinbad as he finds an island paradise that is really the back of a whale, a mountain that is the egg of a giant bird, and a valley lined with priceless diamonds. By the author/illustrator of the Gilgamesh trilogy. N° de réf. du libraire 004091
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