A Story From the Center of the World

Book - 2009
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Whitefoot is a mouse, a small creature with "elegant whiskers" and a "reddish brindly tan" coat. She lives at the edge of the woods, where she knows, without a doubt, that she exists at the center of the world. What she doesn't know is that not far from her safe haven there is a river, and a world of such size and magnitude that she cannot even imagine it. One day, a burst of rain floods down on Whitefoot, lifting her in its currents and carrying her far from home. What happens next leads Whitefoot on a great adventure -- one in which she must encounter new experiences and challenges to her survival. The discovery of the universe around her, and her ability to survive within it, is a lesson that's sure to resonate with children and adults alike. Written by best-selling author, Wendell Berry, this beautiful volume is illustrated in fine detail with original drawings by acclaimed artist Davis Te Selle.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2009.
ISBN: 9781582434322
Branch Call Number: j F BERRY W
Characteristics: 60 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Te Selle, David


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Aug 10, 2013

The reader gets a mouse-eye view of life at the :center of the world: when a flood takes everything the mouse has ever known and strands Whitefoot on a floating log. Wonderful description of one moment in time though I kept looking for any sort of dialog with other creatures -- all told from the perspective of a lone creature and how she survived a flood. The story had more of a feel of the 40's in illustrations and delivery -- I was surprised to see it was published merely 4 years ago. I didn't know publishing companies still accepted these kinds of manuscripts!


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