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of this ancient tale, see The Golden
Bracelet (1998), written and illustrated by husband-and-wife team David
Kherdian and Nonny Hogrogian.
The Weaver. By Thacher Hurd. Illus.
by Elisa Kleven. 2010. Farrar, o.p.
A young celestial weaver and her
ever-faithful cat hover above the earth,
spinning with the resources provided
by the sky—spider webs and the trails
of shooting stars. She dyes the threads
with the colors of the day and then
begins to weave images from the world
below. When the day is done, so is her
weaving, and she dances across the eve-
ning sky with her cloth.
Weaving the Rainbow. By George
Ella Lyon. Illus. by Stephanie
Anderson. 2004. Atheneum, $15.95
(9780689851698). K–Gr. 2.
This meditative story conveys the
journey of wool, from the birth of a
lamb to a weaving featuring sheep in a
Kentucky pasture. A textile artist spins
wool from her own flock of sheep, boils
the yarn with dyes extracted by hand,
then weaves it, “doing with wool what
painters do with paint.” Anderson does
an impressive job of representing a
woven image in watercolor.
Wild Rose’s Weaving. By Ginger
Churchill. Illus. by Nicole Wong.
2011. Tanglewood, $15.95
(9781933718569). PreS–Gr. 2.
In an homage to parallel play,
Grandma weaves a tapestry inside
while her granddaughter, Wild Rose,
runs through the meadow. The end
of the story is actually a beginning
as Rose becomes interested in learning to weave, and Grandma joins
Rose in a dance across the meadow.
Churchill’s spare, peaceful words and
Wong’s pastel watercolors offer up
a lovely sentiment about storytelling: it comes in different forms, even
through the patterns of yarn in a rug.
Wind Child. By Shirley Rousseau
Murphy. Illus. by Leo Dillon and
Diane Dillon. 1999. Harper, o.p.
This fanciful picture book integrates traditional elements of fairy
tales with mythology to tell the story
of Reeshie, daughter of the wind, who
becomes an extraordinary weaver.
Lonely, she creates two men from her
weaving, but both fade and decay.
When a young prince arrives, her
skills are put to the test. The illustrations are a family endeavor: paintings
by Leo and Diane Dillon and sculptures by their son, Lee.
Kristin Rydholm, a frequent contributor
to Book Links, is currently working as
the Instructional Assistant at the Library
Technology Center of The Joseph Sears
School in Kenilworth, Illinois.
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