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The Secret-Keeper by Kate Coombs
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The Secret-Keeper (2006)

by Kate Coombs

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The Secret Keeper is about a young woman who lives in the forest and keeps all of the town's secrets. The townspeople come to her and reveal secrets they would not reveal to anyone else. The Secret Keeper in turn files away the secret and the townspeople can leave knowing no one else will ever know. The Secret Keeper becomes overwhelmed by all the negative secrets she hears and becomes upset. The townspeople realize this and decide to tell her positive secrets, which cheers her up. I thought the concept of this book was an interesting one. I really enjoyed how the townspeople rallied around the Secret Keeper when she was upset and used positive secrets to cheer her up. ( )
  mferaci | Feb 7, 2015 |
Kalli is the secret-keeper for the town of Maldinga. All the people of Maldinga tell her their deepest secrets. Taln, the towns potter, is the only one who did not share his secrets with Kalli. In the end, his secret is that he loves her.
  SRThompson | Nov 18, 2014 |
Kalli is the local secret-keeper in the village of Maldinga. Everyday villagers go to Kalli's cottage in the woods and tell her their deepest secrets and Kalli turns the secrets into small objects and tucks the objects away into small drawers of sorrow. The secrets are things like, turning away a beggar in the cold, a small boy doesn't like his baby sister, a young boy stole a cat, the mayor's daughter is sneaking around with a young boy, the local matchmaker made a bad match, and more.
After a long and lonely winter, Kalli falls ill. When all the villagers come to check up on her, they see that she has fallen ill. The negative secrets that Kalli has kept have taken a toll on her. One by one, the villagers decide to try to make Kalli feel better by telling her positive and happy secrets, rather than negative and sad secrets. Kalli starts to feel slowly better. After each person has a told a good secret, the potter's son, Taln, tells Kalli that his secret is that he is in love with her. Taln and Kalli marry and end up happily ever after. ( )
  SMLawrence | Oct 30, 2014 |
This surrealist work, using symbols throughout, explores the negative emotional consequences of keeping dark secrets--even those that are not your own. For younger audiences, it may simply be a story about a lonely girl who finds love and friendship. Masterfully-crafted paintings bring the world of the Secret Keeper to life. ( )
  manich01 | Jul 10, 2012 |
I had never heard of this fairy tale before, It is a sweet story of a young girl who lives in a forest and the village people come to tell her all of their secretes. They each give her something for her listening and it turns into an item that she puts in a draw. She becomes ill one day because of the burden of all of the bad secrets. The village people gather to tell her their good secrets and she becomes better. There is also one other person who tells a secret. The potter's son tells her he loves her. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is warm. There are other versions and could be used to compare and contrast different verions of a story. Grades K - 3. ( )
  ydraughon | Jun 10, 2012 |
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For my dad, Robert H. Coombs,
who believed in me --- K.C.
For Adam --- H.M.S.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689839634, Hardcover)

In the village of Maldinga, anyone troubled by a secret knows just where to take it -- by following the winding path through the woods to Kalli's cottage. Tailors and farmers, marriage-makers and bakers -- almost everyone comes to see Kalli, for she is the village secret-keeper, and over the years she has stored hundreds of secrets. But one long winter, Kalli falls ill, and the weight of the hidden secrets begins to catch up with her. Spring brings the curious villagers, who wonder what ails their secret-keeper. The time has come for them to help Kalli and for her to learn some unexpected secrets. Is it possible not all secrets are sad? And could someone have a secret that's just for Kalli?

An original fairy tale as beautifully illustrated as it is told, The Secret-Keeper is a book to share with everyone.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:05 -0400)

The people of Maldinga and the surrounding area bring their deep, dark secrets to Kalli, who keeps them all safe until they become too much for her to bear. In the village of Maldinga, anyone troubled by a secret knows just where to take it -- by following the winding path through the woods to Kalli's cottage. Tailors and farmers, marriage-makers and bakers -- almost everyone comes to see Kalli, for she is the village secret-keeper, and over the years she has stored hundreds of secrets. But one long winter, Kalli falls ill, and the weight of the hidden secrets begins to catch up with her. Spring brings the curious villagers, who wonder what ails their secret-keeper. The time has come for them to help Kalli and for her to learn some unexpected secrets. Is it possible not all secrets are sad? And could someone have a secret that's just for Kalli?… (more)

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