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Carolinda Clatter!

by Mordicai Gerstein

Hardcover, 40 pages

Published by Roaring Brook Press (2005-09-01)

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Amazon Description

Carolinda Clatter is born noisy in a place where, legend says, loud noise will wake a sleeping giant and bring destruction. Her tale, and that of an old giant hopelessly on love with the icy moon, are told in this lovely new picture book by the 2004 Caldecott Medal winner. It's an energetic and touching story about a spirited child, the power of self-expression, and the mysterious ability of music to transform and soothe us, set out in rich, ebullient pictures.

One Potato Review

Epic and charming. This is the sort of thing that does Gerstein does better than anyone: taking a legend and making it personal, picaresque, often ambiguous. Here the objects of our sympathy are the little girl who doesn’t know how to shut up, and the last surviving giant, besotted with the moon, and condemned by her indifference to an eternity of mournful slumber. He finds some consolation finally when the little girl sings him a lullaby, and her children, and their children to follow, learn to make music in the shadow of disappointment.   

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