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East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon, written by Gudrun Thorne-Thomsen, is a remarkable reimagining of the classic Norwegian fairy tale. Drawing inspiration from various folklore traditions, Thorne-Thomsen presents a captivating and enchanting narrative that transports readers to a world filled with magic, adventure, and enduring love.

The story follows the journey of young Rose, a courageous and determined girl who embarks on a quest to save her beloved Prince from the clutches of a powerful white bear. As she sets forth on her perilous adventure, Rose encounters a magical cast of characters, from talking animals to mysterious trolls, each adding depth and excitement to the plot.

Thorne-Thomsen's storytelling prowess shines through her vivid descriptions, bringing to life the enchanting landscapes of the Norwegian wilderness. From the snow-capped mountains to the shimmering northern lights, readers are seamlessly transported into a world brimming with beauty and wonder. The author's attention to detail in describing the settings showcases her deep appreciation for the Norwegian cultural heritage, making the story all the more immersive.

What truly sets East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon apart is its focus on the power of love and the importance of inner strength. Rose's unwavering determination and resilience in the face of countless challenges serve as a powerful reminder that love can conquer all obstacles. Thorne-Thomsen masterfully weaves these themes throughout the story, teaching readers about the depths of loyalty, sacrifice, and the transformative power of selflessness.

Another aspect of the book worth noting is the author's careful incorporation of traditional folklore elements. The inclusion of Norse mythology and Norwegian folklore seamlessly blends into the narrative, adding depth and authenticity. These mythological elements not only enhance the storytelling but also provide readers with a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region.

While the narrative itself is captivating, the book also features stunning illustrations by Kay Nielsen, which further enhance the magical atmosphere and serve as visual representations of the story's ethereal beauty. Nielsen's intricate and dreamlike illustrations wonderfully complement Thorne-Thomsen's enchanting prose, creating a more immersive reading experience.

East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon is a timeless tale that will captivate readers of all ages. Thorne-Thomsen's skillful storytelling, rich cultural references, and powerful thematic exploration make this book a standout in the realm of fairy tale adaptations. Delightful and immersive, this enchanting retelling will leave a lasting impression on anyone who embarks on this magical journey alongside Rose and her companions.

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Retold by Gudrun Thorne Thomsen

Illustrated by Frederick Richardson


In recent years there has been a wholesome revival of the ancient art of story telling. The most thoughtful, progressive educators have come to recognize the culture value of folk and fairy stories, fables and legends, not only as means of fostering and directing the power of the child's imagination, but as a basis for literary interpretation and appreciation throughout life.

This condition has given rise to a demand for the best material in each of these several lines. Some editors have gleaned from one field; some from several. It is the aim of this little book to bring together only the very best from the rich stores of Norwegian folk lore. All these stories have been told many times by the editor to varied audiences of children and to those who are "older grown." Each has proved its power to make the universal appeal.

In preparing the stories for publication, the aim has been to preserve, as much as possible, in vocabulary and idiom, the original folk lore language, and to retain the conversational style of the teller of tales, in order that the sympathetic young reader may, in greater or less degree, be translated into the atmosphere of the old time story hour... Continue reading book >>

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