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A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North

A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North

by Peter Sís
One hundred years ago a young man named Jan Welzl left his home in Europe and headed for the Far North. He rode off in a horse-drawn cart, traded the cart for a sled pulled by reindeer, and was gone for thirty years. Like Robinson Crusoe, he turned adversity into adventure and the wilderness into a dream, where anything could happen and anyone could be a hero.

In this reissue of one of his earlier works, award-winning author/artist Peter Sis explores the life of Czech folk hero Jan Welzl and re-creates his extraordinary Arctic odyssey. Mixing fact with legend, he paints the fascinating story of a little-known explorer and the native people who became his teachers and his friends. With maps, storyboards, panoramas, and even a myth told in pictographs, Peter Sis has concocted a visual feast.

Praise for A Small Tall Tale from the Far Far North

"Sis casts a spell of enchantment... Jan Welzl never had a better friend." — The Washington Post Book World

5, 6, 7
Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Farrar Straus Giroux
Number of Pages
Adventure, Biography and Autobiography, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Fables

About the Author

Contributor Image Alt Tag Peter Sís Peter Sís is a Hans Christian Anderson Award winner, a three-time Caldecott Honoree, a Sibert Award winner, and a MacArthur Fellow. He is the illustrator of Pam Munoz Ryan's "The Dreamer," a Pura Belpre Award winner.

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