Candlewick Press (MA)
April 03, 2020
8.3 X 12.0 X 0.6 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, on February 27, 1807, and died on March 22, 1882. Longfellow moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in December 1836 and is one of the great American Romantic poets. "The Village Blacksmith" was first published in 1841 and was inspired by his ancestor, Stephen Longfellow, a village smithy, schoolmaster, and town clerk. G. Brian Karas has illustrated more than ninety children's books, including two by Megan McDonald about Ant and Honey Bee; Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle; Are You Going to Be Good? by Cari Best, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year; and his most recent title, Night Job by Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse, a New York Times Notable Children's Book of the Year. G. Brian Karas lives in the Hudson Valley of New York.
The textured illustrations deftly utilize cool, desaturated colors, making the reds, oranges, and yellows of the smithy pop. Backmatter explains the tools of the trade and offers a short history of blacksmiths. Dedicated to Karas' blacksmith son, the book beautifully parallels Longfellow's own familial inspiration for the original poem...A well-forged adaptation.