Stranger     -     By: Chris Van Allsburg
    Illustrated By: Chris Van Allsburg
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Stranger

Illustrated By: Chris Van Allsburg
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1986 / Hardcover

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Product Description

Chris Van Allsburg again explores that fine line between reality and fantasy. His evocative full color artwork catches every nuance of the mysterious stranger as he blows on a leaf until it slowly turns from green to gold red. Here is a new perspective on the changing seasons as seen through the yes of the master storyteller who created the Caldecott Medal winners for 1982.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1986
ISBN: 0395423317
ISBN-13: 9780395423318

Publisher's Description

The enigmatic origins of the stranger that Farmer Bailey hits with his truck and brings home to recuperate seem to have a mysterious relation to the weather. Could he be Jack Frost?

Author Bio

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg is a former instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design.


Publisher's Weekly

Farmer Bailey thinks he's hit a deer while driving his truck, but in the middle of the road lies a man, an enigmatic stranger. He goes home with Farmer Bailey, his memory apparently gone. Weeks pass at the Bailey farm; the stranger seems happy to be around them, and helps with the harvest. Oddly, while trees to the north of the farm turn red and gold with the arrival of fall, Bailey's land seems to be in a state of perpetual summer. One day, the stranger sees geese flying south and knows that he, too, must leave. Not long after that, the leaves at the farm change color and the air turns cool. And every year since, summer lasts a week longer at the Bailey farm than anywhere else. Van Allsburg's story is strangely melancholy, and his straightforward writng is uncannily dry, in contrast to the vivid green and golden landscapes of his paintings. The mood and suspense in this book make it compellinga chance to see the artist take a slight incident and create a truly mysterious event. (All ages

Editorial Reviews

"The author-illustrator has woven a thread of fantasy in and around his realistic illustrations to give the reader, once again, a story that stays in the imagination." Horn Book

"The author-illustrator has woven a thread of fantasy in and around his realistic illustrations to give the reader, once again, a story that stays in the imagination." Horn Book Guide

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