Readers with a taste for fantasy and folklore will embrace Pattou’s (Hero’s Song) lushly rendered retelling of “East of the Sun and West of the Moon. Book Review: East by Edith Pattou. Posted on July 28, Title: East. Author: Edith Pattou. Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult. Publisher: Harcort. Rose is the youngest of seven children, meant to replace her dead sister. Maybe because of that, she’s never really fit in. She’s always felt.

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As the family farm fails and starvation looms on the horizon, a white bear appears, asking for Rose be given to him in return for a change in fortune.

In the villages of Norway, sometime during the 16th century, a poor mapmaker and his superstitious wife eddith to their seven children; especially keeping an eye on their youngest daughter, Rose. I found it a bit confusing how they used real names of cities here in Norway yet the country they lived in was called Norjd. From Wikipedia, the free easf.

The only word I could think of to describe her was ‘adventurous’, and that doesn’t come organically from her personality, but rather because the plot and a prophecy require her to be. I’m a bit disappointed that the more fantastic aspects of the original folk tale were not included, but if I had never read the original story, I wouldn’t have noticed they were missing. Stay in Touch Sign up. I am happy to say that the book is still deserving of 5 stars in my opinion.


Children’s Book Review: EAST by Edith Pattou, Author . Harcourt $18 (p) ISBN

Customers who bought this item also bought. If anything, the Troll Queen is an anomaly among her kind, especially as trolls keep humans as servants. I do appreciate it though. I wanted more from the ending. Did I miss something? This seems to indicate that the mother did spend time with her, so why aren’t we shown this?

During the voyage they encounter a horrible storm which sweeps away most of the crew. Please, if you haven’t already, read this. Kate The author wrote on her website under her FAQs that she was planning to write a sequel set 9 years after the first book.

According to the birth-direction superstition held by Eugenia’s family, the direction a woman faces when giving birth will affect the child’s personality; each direction foretells a different personality, and Eugenia believes north is wild and uncontrollable.

Princess and Rose are too similar. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

People, when you’re writing something in Germanic or Nordic languages, please do make sure to not miss those funny little marks over a vowel: The story follows the usual format of her coming back to save him from the troll queen figure, but throws in a lot of other stuff like mermaids and dragons. This is also slightly disturbing. The ice castle was probably my favorite part.

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This is Young Adult Fantasy. Malmo tells her that far far to the north is a land that is only accessible via an ice bridge. In East, Pattou truly gives so much depth to this intriguing tale. I have seriously been eadt out because Rose lattou kind of the perfect heroine: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.


The story is based on the Norwegian fairytale “East of the Sun and West of the Moon” which I didn’t know until I read the author’s notes at the end.


Moreover, Pattou’s rendition of it is more than satisfying, going so far as to touch upon Norse mythology and Inuit history. And make sure the names you give people and places in your fictional world do follow the rules of your fictional world instead of names that don’t feel authentic to the setting. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Is there going to be a sequel?

I know absolutely nothing about the fairy tale this book is retelling, but I feel certain there’s a better retelling out there. Jun 21, Minutes Young Adult.

See and discover other items: When one of Rose’s older sisters falls deathly ill and there easg nothing the family can do as it is the middle of winter. Books by Edith Pattou. The Search for TK.