Item description for The Grasshopper's Secret: A Magical Tale by Renate Stendhal...
When thirteen-year-old Zelda travels through time and space to Venice, Italy, her actions help a young boy she had envied, thereby changing her relationship in the present with him, with her family, and with herself.
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Renate Stendhal, born and raised in Germany, is a writer, editor, and translator. She lived in Paris for twenty years as a cultural correspondent for German radio and press. She has translated into German the works of Gertrude Stein, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, and others, and she is the co-author (with Kim Chernin) of "Sex and Other Sacred Games". She is a consultant in creativity and writing in Berkeley, California.
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the grasshopper's secret Apr 1, 2003
The Grasshopper's Secret allures both children and adults with its unique formulation of fantasy intermixing with reality. Readers are indulged in their timeless desire for a magical world; an escape from mundane and practical lives. However, instead of merely providing an escape, Stendhal brings the possibility of weaving a little bit of that magic into reality. Our heroine is Zelda, an angry young girl who is reluctantly part of a family who has just taken in an orphaned, European boy named Kidcou, short for Kid Courage. We are taken along with Zelda as Kidcou's initially average looking grasshopper takes her on a dreamlike trip through Kidcou's tumultuous past. There, she learns to understand people and life enough for her to grow and develop her character and her relationships with people around her. The value in Zelda's journey lies in the fact that she is not passively at the mercy of magical elements but is able to use those elements through self-determination to help others and ultimately, herself.
A Book For All Mar 6, 2002
This 'magical tale' is not a children's book, yet similar to Harry Potter, both adults and children alike will enjoy it.