Bertolt

Bertolt Author Jacques Goldstyn
ISBN-10 1592702295
ISBN-13 9781592702299
Year 2017-03-14
Pages 80
Language English
Publisher Enchanted Lion Books
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This is a charming touching story about an imaginative boy whose best friend is an oak tree named Bertolt The boy admits to being an outlier among his peers but insists that while he is alone he is never lonely Being independent suits him and he considers his difference to be his advantage A daily refuge is his tree Bertolt who provides him a literal and metaphorical vantage point from which to observe the world Bertolt gives by simply beinghe is host to the boy s imaginative adventuring In springtime when Bertolt s leaves are abundant and communities of animals make their homes in the tree s nooks and branches the boy tucks himself away to observe everyday happenings like the mischievous Tucker twins stealing bottles and the mailman setting down traps He remains plucky and unbothered even as he says goodbye to Bertolt for the winter season After the last frost when the trees are in bloom the boy notices that Bertolt is yet bare and comes to the conclusion that his tree must have died The boy s strong spirit manifests itself in his desire to honor his friend s life and generosity revealing to readers the real sweet mutuality of this friendship This book is about the imagination and the wonderful ways in which we nurture ourselves in the process of becoming who we are and because Bertolt dies in a winters storm it is also a book about finitude and loss sorrow and acceptance Goldstyn Jacques was born in 1958 in Saint Eugne Argentenay A graduate of the University of Montreal he worked in petroleum geology In 1981 he illustrated his first book Les Dbrouillards a collection with a scientific bent He has illustrated numerous books about the same cast of characters and works with the press as well

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