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The Forest Family

by (author) Joan Bodger

illustrated by Mark Lang

Initial publish date
Aug 1999
General, Arthurian
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 1999
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


Deep in the forest, Sylvania lives in peaceful serenity with her husband, Bernardo the woodcutter, and daughters, Rosy and Daisy, when the lure of adventure leads Bernardo into a foreign war. Years later, when he finally returns, he is an unrecognizable stranger. Using the lore of generations of women, Sylvania and her daughters set out to heal him and recover the man they love.

Incorporating stories as disparate – and as connected – as the story of Ruth and Naomi, the Great Pan, and Sir Gawain and the Loathly Maid, Joan Bodger weaves a masterful and unique work, the culmination of her lifetime as a storyteller.

About the authors

Joan Bodger wrote numerous books for children and was a regular reviewer for the New York Times. In Canada, she helped found the Storytellers School of Toronto, Tales of the Winter Hag is the only audio recording of her stories.

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Editorial Reviews

“A magnificent tale of old Europe that reminds you of Hansel and Gretel… A mysterious note haunts the ending.”
The Democrat

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