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Jill Creighton
Illustrated by Robert Creighton

Willowdale (Ont.), Annick Press, 1991. 32pp, library binding, ISBN 1-55037-181-9 (library binding) $14.95, ISBN 1-55037-178-9 (paper) $4.95. CIP

Grades 2 to 5/Ages 7 to 10
Reviewed by Adele M. Fasick

Volume 19 Number 6
1991 November

Lord Henry goes off to war, leaving his younger brother in charge of his castle. When he returns, he finds that the brother has taken over the castle and has even sold Lily, Henry's beautiful coal-black mare.

Henry is sickened by war and so he does not fight his brother but instead apprentices himself to a weaver while he searches for Lily. He becomes famous for weaving tapestries with pictures of horses in them. When he finds Lily again he changes his style and weaves pictures of other animals. A powerful man appears and wants a tapestry of horses, but Henry is unwill­ing to oblige. Once again Lily is stolen and Henry sinks into despair, unable to weave at all. His dreams are filled with wild and threatening dragons until he finally exorcises them by weaving them into a tapestry. This tapestry satisfies the powerful man and Lily is once more returned.

This subtle story may baffle young readers accustomed to more direct action, although the glowing acrylic pictures will attract them. Older readers can ponder whether Henry was right to renounce fighting and can consider the role that creativity plays in his recovery. An interesting story with possibilities for class discussion.

Adele M. Fasick, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont.
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