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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

Ages
6, 7, 5
Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Grade Level Equivalent
2.9
Lexile Measure
480L
DRA
20
Guided Reading
L
Publisher
Farrar Straus Giroux
Number of Pages
40
Genre
Adventure, Biography, Biography and Autobiography, Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

About the Author

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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