Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves
Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves: a Jack tale by Andy
Jones, with illustrations by Darka Erdelji
preview video at
It is available from http://runningthegoat.com/main.html
(click on in print then click on the book title) or
from finer bookshops.
From that web site:
"Award-winning storyteller Andy Jones and acclaimed illustrator Darka
Erdelji are back with another whimsical, wise, and witty ³Jack tale.²
Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves finds Jack, that everyman of
folktales, married to his sweetheart Mary, the best woman ever born and
a mighty fine baker to boot. Their lives are as happy and successful as
can be, until an underhanded sea captain and Jack¹s own bragging get the
better of our hero. Jack is sent the once to work on Slave Islands and
Mary is turned out of house and home. But Mary is resolute and
resourceful, and has plans to find Jack and restore their fortunes.
Inspired by several traditional and classic works, including
Shakespeare¹s Cymbeline, the medieval tale of Frederick of Jennen, and
the Newfoundland story ³Jack and the Slave Islands,² Andy Jones has
crafted a funny, moving, and delightfully original story about love,
treachery, perseverance, and cherry cake. Darka Erdelji¹s gorgeous
illustrations capture the drama, humour, and beauty of this wonderful
With a hidden key, a storm at sea, and a singing mynah bird named Baxter
who carries more than his share of tunes, Jack and Mary in the Land of
Thieves will delight youngsters and oldsters alike.
As a special bonus, the melodies of all of Baxter¹s songs are included,
so that readers can learn them, sing them, and share them. The melodies,
created by Andy Jones, were inspired by several traditional tunes;
Pamela Morgan kindly helped with the musical notation."
David Dalton http://www.nfld.com/~dalton (home page)
http://www.nfld.com/~dalton/nf.html Newfoundland&Labrador Travel & Music
http://www.nfld.com/~dalton/dtales.html Salmon on the Thorns (mystic page)
"Here I go again...back into the flame" (Sarah McLachlan)
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