The Storyteller

The Storyteller

Evan Turk / Apr 03, 2020
The Storyteller From Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor recipient Evan Turk comes his debut work as author illustrator an original folktale that celebrates the power of stories and storytelling Long long ago
  • Title: The Storyteller
  • Author: Evan Turk
  • ISBN: 9781481435185
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From Ezra Jack Keats 2015 New Illustrator Honor recipient Evan Turk comes his debut work as author illustrator an original folktale that celebrates the power of stories and storytelling.Long, long ago, like a pearl around a grain of sand, the Kingdom of Morocco formed at the edge of the great, dry Sahara It had fountains of cool, refreshing water to quench the thirst ofFrom Ezra Jack Keats 2015 New Illustrator Honor recipient Evan Turk comes his debut work as author illustrator an original folktale that celebrates the power of stories and storytelling.Long, long ago, like a pearl around a grain of sand, the Kingdom of Morocco formed at the edge of the great, dry Sahara It had fountains of cool, refreshing water to quench the thirst of the desert, and storytellers to bring the people together.But as the kingdom grew, the people forgot the dangers of the desert, and they forgot about the storytellers, too All but one young boy, who came to the Great Square for a drink and found something that quenched his thirst even better wonderful stories As he listened to the last storyteller recount the Endless Drought, and the Glorious Blue Water Bird, he discovered the power of a tale well told.Acclaimed illustrator Evan Turk has created a stunning multidimensional story within a story that will captivate the imagination and inspire a new generation of young storytellers.
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      • Evan Turk

        Evan Turk is an award winning illustrator, author and animator living in Croton on Hudson with his husband, Chris, and two cats, Pica and Bert A graduate of Parsons The New School for Design, his illustration and animation have been shown all over the world He grew up in Colorado and loves nature and being outdoors He continues his studies with Dalvero Academy, a private illustration school in New York City Evan loves to travel all over the world and learn about other people and places through drawing and the interactions that come from it.Evan speaks to kids and adults across the country and loves talking with them about storytelling and making art.

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    1. Credit the internet age for doing what the television age never could I don t know if you ve noticed, but there is a movement around the world that can be interpreted as nothing so much as a direct response to our digital age You may have noticed it in small things, like the rise of Steampunk or the sudden surge of interest in Maker stations and the kinds of hacking that look suspiciously similar to activities found in shop class in days of yore All this comes about because people have come to b [...]


    2. In a series of nested stories, by retelling stories Scheherazade style to a sandstorm in the form of a djinn, a boy saves a Moroccan city from being engulfed by the Sahara and replenishes its water supply Stunningly illustrated in bold, mixed media blending folk art and contemporary styles and full of symbolism.




    3. Storytelling is the theme told through stunning art, a visual journey and a tale that weaves into another tale into another .


    4. 2.5 out of 5 When a storyteller dies, a library burns old Moroccan sayingEvan Turk s illustrations, rendered in water soluble crayon, colored drawing pencils, inks, indigo, sugared green tea, a heat gun, and fire, are unique and reminiscent of folk art, which is especially fitting for a story that celebrates oral storytelling However, Turk s art style is not my favorite, and some pictures are too busy and hard to read.Also, I liked the idea and symbolism stories can quench the thirst and save th [...]



    5. As an educator and storyteller there is one moment in the 1987 film Three Men and a Baby which stands out than any of the other, albeit, funny incidents It focuses on reading aloud and the sound of the human voice Do you remember this When reading aloud to our children and students, without a doubt the words and images on the page convey than we can fully understand given the life experiences each listener brings with them but our vocal interpretations have the ability to heighten those words [...]


    6. Anyone who has been exposed to folk tales of The Middle East will recognize the influence in Evan Turk s The Storyteller In it there are several familiar feeling tales of old mixed with illustrations fitting of the Moroccan setting in which the tales are based Turk obviously did his homework to present both the written and illustrative parts of the book and make them feel like a cohesive whole The Storyteller is the type of book that feels like the storytellers of old who passed on their knowled [...]


    7. I don t like to speak so negatively of a picture book, but I did not enjoy reading this one I finally finished it after the third reading attempt because each time my eyes would glaze over and I would find myself very bored The art was not appealing to me, and I found the pages entirely too busy Update I couldn t put my finger on what the artwork reminded me of but after talking about it with my boss he mentioned that it looked really 90s, like when graphic arts was still developing I agree Give [...]


    8. Wow, wow First of all, Evan Turk s illustrations which have a movement and style that are hard to describe are rendered in water soluble crayon, colored drawing pencils, inks, indigo, sugared green tea, a heat gun, and fire The plot a bit of Scheherazade and a bit of Inception will keep your pages turning and your brain engaged Be sure to read the Author s Note about Morocco s public storytellers When a storyteller dies, a library burns old Moroccan saying


    9. This gorgeous picture book features stories within stories In a dry desert town, a boy in search of a drink meets an old man who begins a tale that satisfies another thirst he didn t know he had What neither of them knows is that a terrible djinn in the guise of a storm is coming and it ll take a cunning solution to keep the town safe.


    10. I absolutely loved this Beautiful story about the power of storytelling I wish I had a child to read it to Great quote in the Author s notes When a storyteller dies, a library burns Old Moroccan saying


    11. Title italicize The Storyteller Author Evan Turk Genre Non European FolktaleTheme s Morocco, Storytelling, Curses, Magic Opening line sentence type directly from text Long, long ago, like a pearl around a grain of sand, the fertile Kingdom of Morocco formed near the edge of the great, dry Sahara Brief Book Summary 2 3 sentences in your own words This book follows the story of a young boy in Morocco Morocco used to flow with water until people started to forget about storytellers The boy went to [...]


    12. Evan Turk s The Storyteller is a captivating folklore tale about the compelling art of storytelling Even in this digital age, the creativity of storytelling is beginning to make a comeback and this beautiful book captures its heritage in the lifeblood of a village In Morocco, the cool clear water once flowed alongside rich story tellers, but over time the water and the stories dried up the storytellers were no One day, a boy in search of water found a storyteller instead of water at a fountain [...]


    13. Stunningly unique illustrations, created with water soluble crayon, colored pencils, ink, indigo, green tea, a heat gun, and fire, support a marvelous story that unfolds into other stories, thus, encouraging readers or listeners to find the connections The main story focuses on how the residents of Morocco forgot the importance of the land s storytellers, causing the fountains that feed its land to dry up When a boy in search of waer chances upon an elderly man, he tells him a series of stories [...]


    14. This book will show students the wonders and power stories can hold for not only a culture or nation, but also to learn lessons and knowledge from the stories The book would be a great model text for students It shows voice not just in the text of the book, but the art within the pages also tells a story of civilization As a class, we would read and discussion the elements that make this a good example of voice and the power of storytelling After that, students will random select a piece of artw [...]


    15. The first thing you notice about this book is it s fabulous illustrations and how they are edge to edge, beautifully decorative Exquisite.The story is about storytellers and the stories they told in the Kingdom of Morocco Interwoven and interesting.




    16. Beautifully illustrated About the importance of keeping storytelling and oral tradition alive Two thumbs up The Librarian Uncle


    17. A story about the power of storiesemed like mandatory reading for a librarian While Turk s illustrations are absolutely beautiful, in the hands of a talented storyteller I can imagine the text really coming to life on its own That being said, the pictures by themselves tell the story, too Always a plus when both text and pictures can successfully stand alone.


    18. Stunningly gorgeous illustrations combined with a wonderful tale about the power of storytelling I love this book Evan Turk created elaborate, vibrant illustrations that made me wish I could somehow live in them Just fantastic


    19. I like the nested storytelling technique used here it keeps the reader involved in trying to keep everything straight The art is full of sandy tones, reflecting the desert setting.Maybe a bit of a challenge for younger listeners, but older kids should enjoy it.


    20. Finally, a meaningful story A story about traditions that were on the brink of death, but saved by a little boy to pass on to the next generations Highlights Moroccan storytelling and weaving traditions.


    21. Long, long ago begins this fabulous new folktale set in Morocco with fountains run dry, a storyteller, a boy, a girl, an old woman and a djinn Written as a story within a story, the tone is magical and mystical and the illustrations are fascinating and perfect for the story.


    22. Love, love, loved the story Oh so well done and delivered The artwork however I felt was a distraction for me It seemed to belong to another story as if the connection was tenuous at best.


    23. Reminds me of the story of Scheherazade from the Arabian Nights telling stories to stay alive It s a powerful concept, and Turk backs it up with powerful illustrations.



    24. This exquisite and complex story is an original folktale that celebrates the importance of culture and storytelling.The Storytellerby Evan TurkAtheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016ISBN 978 1 4814 3518 5Picture book, fiction, diversity1 volume unpaged color illustrations, color map 29 cmInterest Level grades 2 5 Reading Level 4.24 out of 5 starsEvan Turk has crafted an original folktale that is set in Morocco, on the edge of the Saharan desert The story opens in modern times, with people becomin [...]


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