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The Blizzard's Robe

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Far to the north by the great Arctic Sea, where the winter sun barely rises above the horizon, live the People Who Fear the Winter Night. On the long winter nights the People huddle around their hearths, fearing visits from terrible Blizzard, who can destroy anything with its icy winds and snow.

Among the People lives a young girl named Teune -- the finest robemaker they

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Jan 14, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathryn by: Lisa Vegan
This is a beautiful story, in the folktale tradition, of a young girl and her experience with Blizzard, who frightens her people in their long, dark winter nights when the sun barely ever touches the horizon. A beautifully illustrated (batik-style) story illustrating the virtues of kindness and of understanding the true nature of something rather than hastily fearing it. Great story for those interested in books about the Northern Lights. I wish there had been more of an author's note because I' ...more
Lisa Vegan
Dec 30, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who want an interesting Northern lights tale & who appreciate unusually made illustrations
This is a terrific Northern lights (aurora Borealis) folk tale style story. I warmed to the young girl and the robes in this story.

But it’s the batik illustrations that make this book unique and awe inspiring. As I turned the pages, I just couldn’t believe how they were made and how beautiful I found most of them.

I am grateful to one of my young friends, with no family members who are Goodreads members, in spite of my incessant begging, for introducing me to this book, and I’m sad to see how inf
Jennifer Heise
Jan 26, 2016 Jennifer Heise rated it really liked it
I picked up this beautiful book with no expectation that my first-grader would let us read it together. But read it we did. I would put it in his "liked it" pile; I think it's stunning. I'm not sure if this is a genuine folktale (what group would The People Who Fear the Winter Wind) or a constructed one, but we enjoyed this story of a talented robemaker whose fire burns the robe of, and incapacitates, the Blizzard spirit, but who is moved to make Blizzard a wonderful replacement robe-- and whose ...more
Linda Lipko
In the bitter cold Artic, the people live in darkness. Fearing the harsh winter, the tribes people create a monster like creature called the blizzard. He is high, fierce and unrelenting. A young girl named Teune is masterful in creating lovely, creative robes to warm her people against the blizzard's harshness.

During one particularly harsh blizzard, when the wilds are howling and the cold outside the tents arrives inside to dampen the fires, rending all bleak, frozen and dark, Teune throws her s
Apr 19, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
This was an amazingly colorful and expressive book, about a young girl who makes robes and how one Winter she makes a robe for the Blizzard. It appears to be about indigenous people of the North Arctic, but there is no explanation given on the book leaf, and in the story they are just called People Who Fear the Winter Night, and later People of the Northern Lights. I liked the story because it was very dramatic, and also because it showed the complex feelings the girl had: fear of the blizzard, ...more
Apr 13, 2007 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Dear Robert Sabuda,
How did you come to be so versatile? Everyone knows your stellar pop-up books and strong sense of graphic design, and of course you've done some paper cutouts and collage illustrations, but here you amaze me even further by achieving a glowing, stained-glass effect with - not watercolor - not tissue paper - but batik! Batik, I ask you! I'm only slightly green with envy. I've never seen a book quite like this and I enjoy its uniqueness. Have you tried to illustrate a book with
Shannon K
Oct 06, 2009 Shannon K added it
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The illustrations are rendered in batik, which is a centuries-old technique that is created by wax being applied to paper or silk and acts as a resist preventing colored dye from penetrating the fiber. Layers of wax and dye are repeatedly applied to create a multicolored picture. The images in this book are so intricate, colorful, and perfect that it is hard to believe that they are made from wax and dye. The colors in the imagines are mostly dark values; this is because the story is set in the ...more
Nov 21, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it
This is a really cool book. The folklore aspect of it is fabulous and the illustrations are incredible. I don't know the first thing about the style he used, but I liked it.
Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
Apr 05, 2011 Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook rated it really liked it
Charming book told both with words and with rich, luscious and lovely Batik paintings. Made me feel like I also wanted to huddle under a warm blanket! (31 pgs)
Amazing, amazing artwork! It's called batik, a wax-resist dyeing technique. I only wished the pages were even bigger, so I could appreciate them more.
Sandra Stiles
Jul 03, 2009 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Beautiful pictures. A story of how the great northern lights were created when a robemaker makes a robe for Blizzard.
Apr 18, 2010 Kate rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 2nd Graders
Fun story about the origins of the Northern Lights with beautiful illustrations.
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Robert Sabuda is internationally acclaimed for his stunning pop-up books, including America the Beautiful and The 12 Days of Christmas. He is also the illustrator of Chanukah Lights by Michael J. Rosen. Robert Sabuda lives in New York City.
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