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Children of the Northlights
From the beloved authors of D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths and other classics comes a new edition of one of Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaires’s most beguiling children’s books. Long out of print, Children of the Northlights introduces readers young and old to siblings Lise and Lasse and to the captivating Sami people and culture of northern Scandinavia. At times mischievou ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 1935 by Viking Press
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I thought this was a collection of stories but it is actually just one, magical nonetheless. The story is that of a brother and sister of the Sami people of Scandinavia. It is less fairy tale and more a story of winter, with local customs throughout. The story of the authors, a married couple who traveled under the northern lights collecting stories and learning the culture, is almost as magical. Oh, to be one of those traveling story collectors. The illustrations in this book are just dreamy. I ...more
Although there is a "story" about a year in the life of a brother and sister, this book is mainly a description of daily life for the semi-nomadic Lapp reindeer herders (at least as it used to be). And boy, would it ever not be for me! Snow storms, darkness, isolation, weird practical jokes. As depicted by the D'Aulaires (who did go to Lappland to learn about this topic for the book) the Lapps seem pretty jolly about their hardscrabble life. "We got lost and buried in the snow overnight! Silly u ...more