The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese by Howard Norman

Howard Norman is an author I have enjoyed for some time. I knew his background in folklore but hadn’t really explored any of that part of his career.  But what I stumbled upon The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese: And Other Tales of the Far North while on vacation this summer I knew that had to change.  A beautifully illustrated book of folklore by one of my favorite authors? Yes, please. Publisher blurb: Based on decades of research and extended collaboration with Inuit storytellers...

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Barkbelly by Cat Weatherill

I was inspired by Wild Magic to check out more books by Cat Weatherill so I started with Barkbelly. I am not sure if it was my mood or the style of this particular work but it didn’t have quite the same – ahem – magic as I had hoped. It is creative and again clearly influenced by oral storytelling but if feels a bit more like episodes tied together rather than a seamless story. The hook – an orphaned wooden boy seeking to find his place in the world – was...

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