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. Volume XXII Number 27. . . .March 18, 2016
An Old Manís Winter Night is a collection of stories based on folk tales from Newfoundland and Labrador. From ghostly ships to people to dogs, this collection showcases some fascinating ghostly tales.
Some of the stories are creepy, some are sad and some are just interesting. The variety of stories means that every reader can find a favourite story or two.
Tom Dawe collected the original tales in An Old Manís Winter Night from around Newfoundland and Labrador. There are some brief notes on each story at the end of the book, including the source of the story. These notes are quite interesting and can be used as a springboard to further discussions about ghost and folk takes.
Some of the words in the stories may be unfamiliar to readers, and there is a good glossary at the end that will help define these words. The glossary includes more general words, such as bilge water and root cellar, as well as words that may be more specific to the geographic origins of the stories, such as landwash and tuckamore.
The illustrations by Veselina Tomova are an excellent choice for a book like An Old Manís Winter Night. The illustrations are wood cuts, and the end result, with the thick lines and strong shapes, adds to the atmosphere of the stories. Colour has been very carefully added, with very little colour in some illustrations, which enhances both the illustration and the story being illustrated.
An Old Manís Winter Night is an interesting read for readers of many ages, especially those with an interest in ghost stories or folk tales.
Daphne Hamilton Nagorsen is a graduate of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
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