The Storyteller (Hardcover)

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By Evan Turk, Evan Turk (Illustrator)
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Long ago the kingdom of Morocco formed at the edge of the great Sahara, sustained by thirst-quenching fountains and storytellers who brought the people together. There it flourished for many years, but as the kingdom grew, the people forgot the dangers of the desert and the importance of the storytellers. This beautifully illustrated folk tale illuminates and celebrates the power of a story well told.

Rebecca

— From The Storyteller

Description


From Ezra Jack Keats 2015 New Illustrator Honor recipient Evan Turk comes his debut work as author-illustrator: an original folktale that celebrates the power of stories and storytelling.

Long, long ago, like a pearl around a grain of sand, the Kingdom of Morocco formed at the edge of the great, dry Sahara. It had fountains of cool, refreshing water to quench the thirst of the desert, and storytellers to bring the people together.

But as the kingdom grew, the people forgot the dangers of the desert, and they forgot about the storytellers, too. All but one young boy, who came to the Great Square for a drink and found something that quenched his thirst even better: wonderful stories. As he listened to the last storyteller recount the Endless Drought, and the Glorious Blue Water Bird, he discovered the power of a tale well told.

Acclaimed illustrator Evan Turk has created a stunning multidimensional story within a story that will captivate the imagination and inspire a new generation of young storytellers.

About the Author


Evan Turk is an Ezra Jack Keats Award–winning illustrator, author, and animator. He is the author/illustrator of The Storyteller and Heartbeat and the illustrator of Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, Grandfather Gandhi, and its companion Be the Change. Originally from Colorado, Evan now lives in the Hudson River Valley with his husband and two cats. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and continues his studies as a member of Dalvero Academy. Visit him at EvanTurk.com.

Evan Turk is an Ezra Jack Keats Award–winning illustrator, author, and animator. He is the author/illustrator of The Storyteller and Heartbeat and the illustrator of Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, Grandfather Gandhi, and its companion Be the Change. Originally from Colorado, Evan now lives in the Hudson River Valley with his husband and two cats. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and continues his studies as a member of Dalvero Academy. Visit him at EvanTurk.com.

Praise For…


* “The art of storytelling is celebrated as a life-giving force in this enthralling picture book. . . .Original storytelling with the feel of the best folklore.”
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Visually stunning with a storyline to match, Turk is beginning to make good on his talents. This is a man with storytelling in his blood and bones. Our children reap the rewards. A can’t miss book.”
— Betsy Bird, Fuse #8 blog

* “Turk combines primitive sketches and simple patterns to create sophisticated multimedia spreads. Fountains of blue pour from the mouths of storytellers, cementing the message that stories,like water, are life sustaining. The revelation of the final narrator brings this multifaceted tale to satisfying closure.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “Using age-old literary elements and a loose, contemporary art style filled with symbolism, Turk successfully melds two equally important concerns of our time—the need to keep storytelling alive and the need to protect and conserve our drinking water. . . . This lush and lovely title is highly recommended.”
— School Library Journal, starred review

*“Rich illustrations rendered in watercolor, ink, and pencil engulf the pages with desert golds and deep indigo, blending folk-art and contemporary styles. .. Turk’s layered ode to storytelling’s magic begs to be shared aloud with a group . . . [in] this beautiful, original folktale.”
— Booklist, starred review

“A veritable nesting doll of a narrative . . . this story about the power of story is a call for reconnection with tradition, oral and otherwise. Turk’s illustrations transport the reader to a Morocco of the past and present, capturing the timelessness of the country juxtaposed against the cautionary message about disappearing customs.”
— BCCB


Product Details
ISBN: 9781481435185
ISBN-10: 1481435183
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 28th, 2016
Pages: 48
Language: English