Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2021
Feb 6, 2020
By Fiona French
Inspired by an American First Nation folk-tale, a magical story, stunningly illustrated.
When beautiful Proud Girl refuses to marry Bravest Warrior, he is very angry and creates Ice Man, who leads Proud Girl into great danger. But Wild Wolf, guardian spirit of the nation, is watching. Pride and anger can be turned into forgiveness and love.
Fiona French's superb illustrations to her story reflect her deep appreciation of Algonquin beadwork, quillwork, and embroidery, richly coloured and textured.
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"… extraordinarily beautiful … There are times when it's a real privilege to review a book, when they are so beautifully conceived and presented as to take your breath away. This is one of those books."
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Author and Illustrator
Fiona French was born in Bath. She was taught by illustrator Charles Keeping at Croydon College of Art and worked as an assistant to artist Bridget Riley from 1968 to 1973. Her first picture book, Jack of Hearts, was published in 1968. Since then she has written and illustrated a number of brilliantly coloured and imaginatively conceived picture-books including Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone and Little Inchkin, many of which remain in print after many decades. She now lives in Norfolk, where she works as an artist.