The Legend of Leelanau
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The Legend of Leelanau

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The young maiden Leelinau is forbidden from going into the Spirit Wood. But Leelinau so enjoys her time spent there with the Pukwudjinees (the tiny fairies of the forest) that she risks playing with them time and time again. The legend explores the resistance many of us harbor of entering adulthood. This is the fifth title written by Kathy-jo Wargin and illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen in our Legend series which currently has 400,000 copies in print. The Legend of the Sleeping Bear, the title that began the series, is the official State of Michigan childrens's book. Leelinau was so happy to be in the Spirit Wood once again that she began to dance all around. Then she sat down amidst a mess of large tree roots that fit like a chair made just for her. But this time, as she sat there to rest, she heard strange whispers. At first, Leelinau thought it sounded like baby robins trying to catch their first breaths, or ferns being tossed back and forth in the wind. But Leelinau wasn't quite sure, so she listened more carefully. She heard more whispers, and then voices. Leelinau became frightened. Her heart pounded like a large drum in her chest, and her throat felt tight and narrow.show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 48 pages
  • 233.68 x 279.4 x 7.62mm | 498.95g
  • Sleeping Bear Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 158536150X
  • 9781585361502
  • 2,384,268

Review quote

"Another successful collaboration from the author and illustrator of "The Legend of Sleepy Bear," this 18th century tale was originally retold as 'Leelanau, or The Lost Daughter' by an Indian agent. Wargin's version is a fluid retelling that even young listeners will comprehend and older readers will enjoy. Lush greens, browns, and gold colors dominate the double-page spreads with the lovely Leelanau depicted as a child just bordering on womanhood. An author's note explains that this tale also accounts for the origin of the name of Leelanau County in Michigan." -- "Kirkus Reviews" (April 2003)show more

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26 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 38% (10)
4 31% (8)
3 19% (5)
2 8% (2)
1 4% (1)
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