The Old Country

Mordicai Gerstein

Roaring Brook Press

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From the winner of the 2004 Caldecott Medal comes a memorable new work, a novel of singular insight and imagination that transports readers to the Old Country, where "all the fairy tales come from, where there was magic -- and there was war." There, Gisella stares a moment too long into the eyes of a fox, and she and the fox exchange shapes. Gisella's quest to get her girl-body back takes her on a journey across a war-ravaged country that has lost its shape. She encounters magic, bloodshed, and questions of power and justice -- until finally, looking into the eyes of the fox once more, she faces a strange and startling choice about her own nature. Part adventure story and part fable; exciting, beautifully told, rich in humor and wisdom, The Old Country is the work of an artist and storyteller at the height of his powers.

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"With his exquisite sense of possibilities, Gerstein urges his readers to remember the tales of wonder that may not be written but are history, too."
--The New York Times
 
"Its richness in language and imagery and its snatches of humor will offer layers of inquiry and discussion."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Gerstein ... skillfully shapes a story ... Vividly descriptive."
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
"THE OLD COUNTRY is an excellent read-aloud book for all ages."
--Kidsreads.com

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THE OLD COUNTRY by Modicai Gerstein | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of THE OLD COUNTRY . A fable of many large ideas in a slim volume.
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Children's Review: THE OLD COUNTRY by Mordicai Gerstein / Author . Roaring Brook $14.95 (144p) ISBN 978-1-59643-047-1

Gerstein (The Man Who Walked Between the Towers ) skillfully shapes a story by turns disturbing and comforting. His hybrid of fantasy and
- Publishers Weekly

CHILDREN'S BOOKS - Review - NYTimes.com
<br> THE OLD COUNTRY <br> By Mordicai Gerstein. <br> 130 pp. Roaring Brook Press. <br> $14.95. (Ages 10 and up) <p>
- The New York Times


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Mordicai Gerstein

Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and has had four books named New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He remembers being inspired as a child by images of fine art, which his mother cut out of Life magazine, and by children’s books from the library: “I looked at Rembrandt and Superman, Matisse and Bugs Bunny, and began to make my own pictures.”  He attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and then got a job in an animated cartoon studio that sent him to New York, where he designed characters and thought up ideas for TV commercials. When a writer named Elizabeth Levy asked him to illustrate a humorous mystery story about two girls and a dog, his book career began, and soon he moved on to writing as well as illustrating. “I’m still surprised to be an author,” he says. “I wonder what I’ll write next?” Gerstein lives in Westhampton, Massachusetts.

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The Old Country
Mordicai Gerstein

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Roaring Brook Press
September 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781596431928
ISBN10: 159643192X
Middle-Grade Fiction
6 x 9 inches, 144 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
$7.95
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