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The Wild Swans (Anglais) Relié – 30 septembre 2003

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Revue de presse

“[Ken Setterington] uses a prose style that is graceful and appropriate…. Elegant, amazingly intricate full-page [scherenschnitt] illustrations grace the beginning of each of the six parts of the tale…. [A] good choice for older readers, and an excellent way to introduce them to this unique art form.”
School Library Journal

“The clear storytelling style blends the contemporary…with the traditional…. Setterington adds romance and suspense…. The small, intricate, black-and-white illustrations, delicate and formal in design, fit well with the story…. [A] fascinating chapter at the back fills in facts about the history and tradition of cut-paper art.”

“…an elegant retelling full of drama…. The Hofers…intricate, artful black-and-white cut-paper illustrations (Scherenschnitte) are a perfect match for this tale…”
The Globe and Mail

“Ken Setterington does an outstanding job of captivating his readers…. Nelly and Ernst Hofer’s black and white paper cuts…create a magical presence of their own…. This is a superb work of art and will undoubtedly engage listeners of every age! Highly Recommended.”
CM Magazine

“With flowing and precise narrative, the storytelling talent of Ken Setterington…is a gift to the reader. From the first line…this story captivates and absorbs…beautifully written…”
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“Once again…Ken Setterington demonstrates his storytelling savvy…. And once again, the scherenschnitt…illustrations by Nelly and Ernst Hofer exhibit their dazzling mastery of this ancient folk art…. The full page and border illustrations…have the narrative richness of medieval tapestry, and the delicacy and intimacy of lacework. They are so meticulously detailed that the characters’ emotions are revealed in body posture, and the scenes have a vibrant sense of movement. The artwork thoroughly enchants the eye and stirs the imagination.”
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Biographie de l'auteur

Ken Setterington is an international authority on children’s books. He was named the first Children and Youth Advocate for Library Services by the Toronto Public Library and won a prestigious Toronto Arts Award for Writing and Publishing for his promotion of children’s literature. Most recently he co-wrote A Guide to Canadian Children’s Books. His first book for children was The Snow Queen, also illustrated by the Hofers.

Nelly and Ernst Hofer learned the folk art of scherenschnitt in their native Switzerland. Their first book was the award-winning Silent Night: The Song From Heaven by Linda Granfield. Nelly and Ernst Hofer live on a farm in Perth County, Ontario.

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Princess Elsie has to rescue her brothers from being wild swans 7 août 2005
Par Lawrance Bernabo - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Once upon a time there was a king who became lost in an enchanted forest. There he encountered an old woman who agreed to show him the way home, but only if he agreed to marry her daughter. Although she was the most beautiful woman the king had ever seen, he feared that his bride-to-be was also a witch, so he agreed to the proposal of the old woman with one condition. The wedding would take place in three days and the king would go back to prepared. But while the preparations for the wedding were underway the king made sure that his twelve children, eleven princes and the young princess Elise, were secreted away where the new queen would be unable to find them. However, the king would go and visit his children each day and the new queen was suspicious. She followed the king and learned about the princes, so, being a witch she made white silk shirts for each of the princes with a magic spell sewn in that turned the princes into swans during the daytime. But the queen did not know about Elise, and the princess is determined to find a way to break the spell cast over her brothers.

Author Ken Setterington has borrowed from various European folk traditions, including the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, to retell the story of "The Wild Swans." What we have here is a slightly more ambitious tale than most younger children would have likely heard before, so this is more of an intermediate level fairy story. What older students will find interesting is the way that the simple premise of the story becomes complicated: not only does Elise have problems finding a way to break the spell, but actually getting what she needs and being allowed to do it are both complicated along the way.

The artwork by Nelly and Ernst Hofer is done in the delicate traditional cut-paper art of "scherenschnitt." The Hofers learned this folk art in their native Switzerland and have passed it on to their children back on the family farm in Ontario. There are over a half-dozen full page pieces, but the Hofers also do smaller pieces, sometimes down to a single figure, along with borders, so that there is always something for young readers to look at on every two-page spread. Young readers might be inspired to try their own hand a paper cutting, at which point they will find out how difficult the artform is to practice. There is a short section on the art of paper cutting in the back of the book, where we learn not only of the history of the artform but that the best-known kind of paper cutting, the silhouette, was named after Etienne de Silhouette, the vastly unpopular controller general of finances in France during the reign of King Louis XV who was so well known for being a miser that his name was used to describe anything that was cheap, such as paper profiles. But silhouettes are something most young would-be artists can probably handle.
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