A much more poetic story than other books by dePaola. There is no question that the illustrations are typical dePaola. The Fog Maiden image at the end perhaps the best part of the story. You see her moving even though there is obviously no motion to the page. This and other fun parts show how everyday items can be magical or can take on a life of their own. — Jeanette
Float along with the Fog Maiden as she takes two children on an enchanted bedtime adventure in this classic from the bestselling author of Strega Nona, Quiet, and more-- now back in print!
When everyone was fast asleep, two children were awakened by Token, the Fog Maiden's mysterious cat, and sent into the magical night.
Gentle and lyrical, this forgotten classic bedtime story from the author of Quiet and Strega Nona is back to enchant a new generation of fans. Soft illustrations paired with an imaginative text take readers on a dreamlike journey-- sharing milk and honey with the trolls, watching the peacocks waltz, and attending a palace ball-- before tucking them safely back into bed.
Cozy, quiet, and sure to delight, the Fog Maiden's sweet dream is made to be shared.
About the Author
Tomie dePaola is the beloved Caldecott Honor- and Newbery Honor-winning author and/or illustrator of close to 250 books, including Strega Nona and Quiet. Tomie was born in Connecticut and grew up there with his parents, brother, and two sisters. He loved reading and books from an early age and knew, when he was four, that he wanted to write and illustrate stories when he grew up. Tomie is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association for his "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children," the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association, and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature." He was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration and has received the New Hampshire's Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.
"The simple, gentle story is enhanced by DePaola's pastel shades and soft lines that create a most gentle, magical mood."—Booklist
"There are no shadows or lurking demons here, only gentle animals, friendly trolls, a huge, benevolent cat and The Fog Maiden, who takes the children home and tucks them into bed with a tender kiss."—School Library Journal "A magic night in the lives of a little boy and girl. The Fog Maiden sends her cat, Token, to wake the children and escort them through an enchantment....DePaola's unassuming, childlike manner invites young listeners to drift along in a soothing, dulcet reverie."—Kirkus Reviews