Synopses & Reviews
Renowned picture book author and illustrator Jeanette Winter brings us the enchanting story of a boy named Kali who lived thousands and thousands of years ago. Kali must learn to hunt, like the rest of the men in his tribe. But when Kali plucks the string on his bow, he forgets about shooting arrows, and makes music long into the night. Even the stars come close to listen.
This lovely story, celebrating the uniqueness in all of us, the beauty of the natural world, and showing the power of music and art over violence, will be cherished by children everywhere.
"Winter (The Watcher) takes a break from picture-book nonfiction to tell the story of Kali, a boy from prehistoric times. He's skinny, friendly-looking, and wears fur, and he'd rather play his bow like a musical instrument than shoot with it. 'Soon you'll be a man,' his mother tells him, pointing to the horses she's painted on their cave wall. 'Soon you'll hunt and kill wild animals like these.' But Kali's bow playing draws even the immense mammoths the bowmen in his tribe are pursuing: 'They had heard the sounds from his bow and had come to listen.' Kali's people recognize the boy as a shaman. Once Kali understands who he is and what he must do, the pressure to conform falls away; it's a story of a society that recognizes and respects those who are different. Winter's cheerful, stripped-down figures and collage landscapes, in deep blues and ochres, make Kali's path understandable and accessible even to young readers, and her vision of a life lived in perfect harmony with the universe even the stars listen to Kali's music is full of hope. Ages 4 8. Agent: Susan Cohen, Writers House. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
JEANETTE WINTER has written and illustrated almost 50 books for children, including The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps, Diego (New York Times Best Illustrated Book, Parents' Choice Award winner, and Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies), Emily Dickinson's Letters to the World (New York Times Notable Book, Parents' Choice Silver Medal), The Librarian of Basra (ALA Notable Book), My Name Is Georgia (Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, ALA Notable, Booklist Editors' Choice), and Mama (Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, Society of Illustrators Silver Medal). Her art with flat colors and perspectives in the folk art tradition has brought her many honors.