Paul Fleischman, in his Newbery Honor winning book, spins three engrossing stories about the unexpected ways an artist's creations reveal truths — tales whose intriguing plots and many moods will entertain readers and inspire future writers.
Can wood, copper, or marble communicate? They can if they are the graven images in Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman’s trio of eerie, beguiling short stories. If you whisper a secret into a wooden statue’s ear, will anyone find out? Can a wobbly weathervane bearing the image of Saint Crispin, the patron saint of shoemakers, steer a love-struck apprentice toward the girl of his dreams? And if a ghost hires a sculptor to carve a likeness of him holding a drink to a baby’s lips, what ghastly crime might lie behind his request? And, in an afterword, the acclaimed storyteller reveals how he found his own author’s voice.
About the Author
Paul Fleischman won a Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. He is the author of numerous books, including picture books, young adult fiction, poetry, plays, and nonfiction. Paul Fleischman lives in Santa Cruz.
Read an Excerpt
"A pox on the stars!" continued the voice. "Too bright for my liking. Aye, blinding, they are!"
Zorelli studied the speaker in wonder. He was short-legged and burly and missing an ear. Fitfully, he glowed and dimmed, as if he were made of starlight himself.
"You're Zorelli, the stone carver, if I'm not mistaken." His clothes were ragged and glimmered like their wearer, as if they were the dying embers of their former selves.
"And who - or what - are you?" asked Zorelli.
"What am I?" The apparition snorted. "Why, a ghost! What else did you take me for?"
Zorelli stared at the spirit in awe, his hands fluttering like moths. He wondered where Angelina had gone, and had he not been trapped at the end of the wharf he would gladly have fled as well.
"And what brings you - here?" the sculptor stammered.
What brings me here," said the specter, "is you."
GRAVEN IMAGES by Paul Fleischman. Copyright (c) 2006 by Paul Fleischman. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
stories: The Binnacle Boy / Saint Crispin's Follower / The Man of InfluenceHere are three very different stories with two common threads: one is an element of the supernatural (whether real or imagined); the other is a focus on cast or sculpted figures (hence, Graven Images)."The Binnacle Boy" is a binnacle (or compass casing) in the shape of a boy that comes into port (on a ship whose crew have all mysteriously died), is mounted in the town square, and becomes the receptacle for the townspeople's whispered secrets."Saint Crispin's Follower" is a shoemaker's apprentice who interprets the movements of a damaged weathervane as instructions from his patron saint, often to comical effect.And "The Man of Influence" is an unsavory, unearthly, and highly unlikely patron who commissions a reluctant but desperate sculptor to carve his likeness in stone.