Author: Heinz Janisch; translated by Sally-Ann Spencer
Illustrator: Wolf Ehrlbruch
Publisher: Gecko Press, 2015 (original: Der König und das Meer, Sansouci im Carl Hanser Verlag, 2008)
Themes: short stories, kings
Opening: ” I am the king,” said the king. The sea answered with a whoosh.
Summary: (from the publisher) These stunningly illustrated, ultra-short stories are seemingly simple but ultimately profound tales. In each story, the king has an encounter which he tries to rule over. But of course the rain doesn’t stop just because a king orders it, and tired eyelids can be much stronger than a king’s will. The king sees that his power has limits; the world is diverse and much of it operates under its own rules.
I like this book because: these stories talk UP to children, demanding thought and reflection, with sparse and humorous illustrations designed with plenty of negative space – room for all that contemplation!
Resources/activities: make a leaf crown (next fall!)
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