Lord of the Sky

Lord of the Sky

By Andrea Belcham

A review of Lord Of The Sky by Linda Zeman-spaleny

Published on October 1, 2009

Lord Of The Sky
Linda Zeman-spaleny

Tundra Books
$21.99
cloth
32pp
978-0-88776-896-5

When Linda Zeman-Spaleny arrived in British Columbia from the Czech Republic as a girl, she admired the totem poles standing proud in the landscape of her new home; her mother, Ludmila Zeman, called them the “wooden pictures” of the First Nations. Years later, mother and daughter pay homage to these markers with a beautifully produced picture book, Lord of the Sky, which tells of a coastal village plunged into darkness when children slay a pesky raven. Only one person, a nature-loving boy, is willing to risk asking the mighty Thunderbird, the Lord of the Sky, for help in restoring light to the land. Zeman-Spaleny effectively blends adventure with a pro-ecology theme. Lord of the Sky is based on Ludmilla’s Zeman’s animated short film of the same name, and her artistic style gives a nod to the cinema with their wide-panning, epic views and film-reel borders. (Ages 8+) mRb

Andrea Belcham lives in Saint-Lazare, where many of her best neighbours are trees.

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