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Hardcover Dancing Deer and the Foolish Hunter Book

ISBN: 0525468323

ISBN13: 9780525468325

Dancing Deer and the Foolish Hunter

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John Muir once said, "Whenever we try to isolate anything in the universe, we find that it's hitched up to everything else." Indeed. Storyteller and artist Elisa Kleven illustrates this quotation... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Love the Foolish Hunter and the Dancing Deer!

a great story with beautiful, colorful, rich pictures. the foolish hunter learns the lesson that everything on earth is connected-- water, air, plants and animals--none can live without the others. my kids loved it too!

Clever, Funny, and Engaging.....

One day, deep in the forest, a hunter comes upon a dancing deer. "Would you look at that!" the hunter said, setting down his gun. "Wowie-kazowie, a dancing deer! A deer I can sell to the circus! Great gumballs-my fortune is made!" He lassos the little deer and takes her home with him. When he commands her to dance, she informs him that she needs music, the beautiful song of the birds to dance. The hunter goes back out to the woods, and captures two song birds. But the birds are too shy to sing without the wind whistling through the pine trees. The hunter digs up two small pines and brings them home, but they won't whistle without the gentle sea breeze, and of course the sea breeze won't blow without the "moving, inspiring" sea, and so on, and so forth. The poor exasperated hunter finds nothing will work the way it's supposed to. He'll never be able to sell the deer to the circus, and he'll never be rich. "Hunter! Stop your foolishness!" the deer cried. "Just put me back in the deep green forest, along with everything else, and I'll dance all by myself!" Elisa Kleven's original, action-packed, chain of events story, based on the John Muir quote, "whenever we try to isolate anything in the universe, we find that it's hitched up to everthing else," is filled with humor and the gentle message of interdependence and harmony in nature, that won't be lost on young readers. Her engaging text, with its zippy dialogue and wonderful sound effects, begs to be read aloud, and is enhanced by charming bold, bright, and busy illustrations. With a unique and satisfying, happily-ever-after ending to set everything right again, The Dancing Deer And The Foolish Hunter is a delightful, manic romp youngsters 3-7 won't want to miss, and is sure to be a storytime favorite.

A funny, enjoyable, and satisfying read-aloud story

Written and illustrated by Elisa Kleven, The Dancing Deer And The Foolish Hunter is a delightful, full color picturebook with a charming, original story. A hunter captures a dancing, talking deer - but the deer explains that it can't dance without the singing of birds, and the bird's the hunter snares won't sing without the whistle of pine trees... ultimately, chain of events The Dancing Deer and the Foolish Hunter culminates in a valuable lesson about how silly it is to try to cage and isolate separate bits of nature. A funny, enjoyable, and satisfying read-aloud story, The Dancing Deer And The Foolish Hunter is highly recommended for family, school, and community picturebook collections for young readers ages 5 to 7.

A funny fable!

Elisa Kleven does a marvelous job of reminding us of how inter-connected we all are. The Dancing Deer and the Foolish Hunter is an original fable with the qualities of a classic in its wise universalism charmingly presented in a beautiful picture book. The light touches and delightful humor, both visual and verbal, make this book a rare treat. I love the fish stick plopped into the fishbowl as a way to create seawater, and the hunter's taste in magazines, ranging from "Big Rigs" to "Gold Mine." The book is as much fun to read aloud as it is to look at.
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