The Magic Vase

The Magic Vase

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Fiona French was awarded the coveted Kate Greenaway medal for her Art Deco fantasy, Snow White in New York. Now she looks far to the west, to the American desert and the Indians of the Pueblo. The story is simple and powerful -- a tale that pits the pride and anger of a big city art dealer against the magic and purity to be found in a vase crafted by Maria the Potter. The animal symbols on the coveted magic vase -- Bear, Rabbit, Fish, and especially Snake -- are called upon by Maria to teach the greedy man the true value of all things. The stunning illustrations, using patterns derived from the Pueblo Indians, are boldly painted in the glowing colors of the Southwest to capture the mystery and the majesty of the desert. The Magic Vase works its magic on both young and old in this enchanting and memorable new picture more

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  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 216 x 284 x 8mm | 358.34g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • full colour
  • 0192798758
  • 9780192798756

About Fiona French

Fiona French completed her first book for Oxford in 1967. Since then she has produced a number of brilliantly colored and imaginatively conceived picture books. She received the Kate Greenaway Medal for Snow White in New York. She lives in Norfolk, more

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A Greenaway medalist noted for her dramatic use of design contrives a sophisticated table. A greedy art dealer pays a Native American potter a few dollars for a beautiful vase he believes will make his collection the best in the world, but she, in turn, has tricked him: the pot is composed of a coiled snake and decorated with other real animals who all come to life and chide the dealer, pointing out that whatever he owns will belong to someone else after his death. Somehow, this reforms the dealer by teaching him the true value of all things. The message demands an audience mature enough to understand that works of art may have fabulous monetary value; the flamboyantly handsome illustrations, with their two adult characters, make it appropriate for older children or even adults. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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