Book Title: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller; The Children of Lir
Book Description: This wonderful story starts off with an older gentleman talking to his dog, who actually talks back. The dog tells the older man that he should write his stories down as the dog presents a journal to the older man to become famous. The older man tells the dog no, and then tells the dog the story of “The Children of Lir”. The story that is told is that of children who suffer the consequences of a father and uncle who want to be famous and leave a legacy behind.
Book Author: Andre R. Frattino
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher - Orgnization: ARCHAIA
Illustrator: Nori Retherford
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- Cover Art
This particular book has a wonderful cover that is intriguing to look at, it reminds me of fantastical stories like “A mid summer’s night dream”, and since the story is based in Ireland, it fits very well. The colors of the cover seem wonderfully magical and mystical and fits the approach this story is going for.
The interior artwork feels just as fitting, starting in a cottage of an old man and his dog who coincidentally both talk to each other with ease, like all dogs should talk. The artwork inspires the imagination along with the words on the text, visually bringing the words to life and immersing the reader into a wonderful journey of the imagination.
This story is a wonderful story that has 2 parts. The first story is that of the old man and his dog, the second is that of the children of Lir. Both stories deal with what it means to be family. But the Children of Lir story deals with additional elements dealing with legacy and being famous. The section between the old man and the dog touches on that a little bit, but that little touch is what introduces the “Children of Lir” story.
The thing I like about this book is more than just the story, it talks about what happens when you concentrate on something so much that you lose something more important in the process. Which is something that we can all learn from. Growing up and watching all things related to Jim Henson while he was still alive, brings back wonderful memories. I think this story brings back that classic Jim Henson magic as well as makes wonderful points that are always worth bringing to the forefront, so we can remember what’s truly important.
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