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The flint heart : a fairy story, by Katherine and John Paterson ; illustrations by John Rocco

Label
The flint heart : a fairy story
Title
The flint heart
Title remainder
a fairy story
Statement of responsibility
by Katherine and John Paterson ; illustrations by John Rocco
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A magical amulet brings power and despair to those who touch it
Storyline
Tone
Review
  • Grades 3-6 Spouses Katherine and John Paterson have adapted Eden Phillpotts’ 1910 story of the same name, skillfully calibrating the fantastical tale’s charm and humor for a younger, contemporary audience. When their father discovers a heart-shaped totem of flint and succumbs to its hard-hearted, tyrannical power, young siblings Charlie and Unity and their dog, Ship, consult with pixies and imps and a talking German hot-water bottle to rescue him and restore order. The Patersons’ robust language casts a spell that is simultaneously nonsensical and compelling. Rocco’s periodic full-color paintings embellish the goings-on with a steampunk sheen and art nouveau flourish, and clever spot illustrations in the occasional corner punctuate the action. The book’s format, with broad margins and generous line spacing, adds to its readability. This timeless, enjoyable retelling is a strong choice for both a read-aloud and an under-the-covers escape. -- Barthelmess, Thom (Reviewed 09-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 1, p119)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 3 – 6 — The Patersons have teamed up to bring a long-out-of-print story (originally written by Eden Phillpotts and published in 1910) to a modern audience. During the Stone Age, an ambitious warrior asks the wise man of his tribe to make him an artifact that will harden his heart so he can become a powerful chief. The wise man obliges and, with some mischievous intervention from the Thunder Spirit, an artifact—the flint heart of the title—is made and a series of tyrants is created. Flash forward to 1910 and a farmer discovers the item, much to the dismay of his children. Book-learned 12-year-old Charles and his younger sister, Unity, take matters into their own hands by consulting with the local fairies on how to proceed. Told in the voice of a storyteller in the style of A. A. Milne or J. M. Barrie, the tale will make an excellent read-aloud. There is little real suspense, but this is an intentional part of the book's charm. The Patersons have done a lovely job updating and abridging this tale for today's readers. It's curious that Phillpotts's name isn't also listed on the cover, as large portions of the text are identical to the original. Rocco's fantastic illustrations alone make this edition worth purchasing.—Alana Joli Abbott, formerly at James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT --Alana Joli Abbott (Reviewed August 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 8, p82)
  • /* Starred Review */ A full century after the publication of Eden Philpotts's The Flint Heart (Dutton, 1910) the story resurfaces in the capable hands of the Patersons (Blueberries for the Queen), who stay true to the language and story line of the original, preserving the book's humor, whimsy, and enchanting storytelling. In both versions, a Stone Age power grab leads to the creation of the eponymous Flint Heart, which hardens the heart of its bearer and results in a lust for absolute control and few qualms about cruelty. The Flint Heart remains buried for thousands of years until unearthed by a kind farmer, where it soon wreaks havoc over his family and a memorable cast of pixies, fairies, imps, and even a German-made hot water bottle in early 20th-century England. Much of what makes the book so delightful can be found in its original incarnation, but the Patersons have done a stellar job of maintaining the book's period feel while creating a fresher, tighter story that feels tailor-made for family reading, just before bed, one chapter per night. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 7–12. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 18, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 29, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A heart-shaped talisman created in the Stone Age brings terribly corrupting power to those who possess it, until 12-year-old Charles Jago manages to destroy it permanently. This magical adventure begins with the fashioning of a piece of flint into a charm for hardening hearts. A hard-hearted individual can rule his tribe in the Stone Age and, fast-forwarding to the early 20th century, become the leader in one's community, but at a cost to his good nature, family and friends. That's what happens first to Charles' father, then to an imp called a Jacky Toad and then to a badger. Happily and with help from his little sister, his dog, the king of Fairyland, a talking hot-water bottle and the all-knowing Zagabog, Charles wrests the stone away from each one in turn, with no harm done. After all, this is a fairy tale. Written by Eden Phillpotts and first published in 1910, this traditional story has been deftly abridged and brought up to date by the Patersons. They've preserved the faintly English narrative voice and humor, idiosyncratic characters, lively action, distinctive Dartmoor setting and even many of the words. The 21st-century version features thoughtful design and Rocco's digitally colored film-animation–style illustrations, including chapter-heads, full-page images and decorations throughout. A grand tale skillfully updated and tightened up, this should win the hearts of a new generation. (Fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10005063
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Paterson, Katherine
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1862-1960
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Paterson, John
  • Phillpotts, Eden
  • Rocco, John
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fairies
  • Fairy tales
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The flint heart : a fairy story, by Katherine and John Paterson ; illustrations by John Rocco
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Freely abridged from Eden Phillpotts's 1910 fantasy."--t.p
Control code
000046635270
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
288 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780763647124
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2010048225
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)755288031
Label
The flint heart : a fairy story, by Katherine and John Paterson ; illustrations by John Rocco
Publication
Note
"Freely abridged from Eden Phillpotts's 1910 fantasy."--t.p
Control code
000046635270
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
288 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780763647124
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2010048225
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)755288031

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