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The Forest Family by Joan Bodger

The Forest Family

by Joan Bodger

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Bodger, co-founder of the Storytellers School of Toronto, and illustrator Lang knit together a tale of family love and responsibility with a number of traditional folk and fairytales such as Snow White and Rose Red, The Tiger’s Whisker, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Bodger uses the above tales to tell the story, as well as the story’s characters to tell the above tales. After the husband and father (Bernardo) leaves for war, Sylvania and her daughters work as forest gleaners to support themselves. But when Bernardo returns home angry and changed, Sylvania seeks the aid of the Green Knight of forest. Bodger reunites the forest family using the archetypal themes in a number of folk and fairytales, but without the book’s “Appendix” to describe each tale used in the story, readers less familiar with these tales may miss the rich narrative history that both Bodger and Lang use in The Forest Family. The book is recommended for children age eight to eleven.
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Deep in the forest, Sylvania lives in peaceful serenity with her husband, Bernardo the woodcutter, and daughters, Rosy and Daisy, when the lure of adventure leads Bernardo into a foreign war. Years later, when he finally returns, he is an unrecognizable stranger. Using the lore of generations of women, Sylvania and her daughters set out to heal him and recover the man they love.

Incorporating stories as disparate – and as connected – as the story of Ruth and Naomi, the Great Pan, and Sir Gawain and the Loathly Maid, Joan Bodger weaves a masterful and unique work, the culmination of her lifetime as a storyteller.

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Deep in the forest, Sylanvia lives peacefully with her husband, Bernardo the woodcutters and their daughters. One day war is announced and Bernardo must fight in a far-off land.

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