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The Old Country

Mordicai Gerstein

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Description:

Mordicai Gerstein's portrayal of Philippe Petit's high-wire walk between the towers of the World Trade Center, The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, won the 2004 Caldecott Medal and was among the most admired books of the year. Now comes a memorable new work, a novel of singular insight and imagination that transports readers to the Old Country, where "every winter was a hundred years and every spring a miracle . . . where the water was like music and the music was like water . . . where all the fairy tales come from, where there was magic-and there was war." There, Gisella stares a moment too long into the eyes of a fox, and she and the fox exchange shape. Gisella's quest to get her girl-body back takes her on a journey across a war-ravaged country that has lost its shape. She encounters sprites, talking animals, a chicken that lays a golden egg, a court with a spider for a judge-and bloodshed, destruction, and questions of power and justice. Finally, looking into the eyes of the fox once more, she faces a strange and startling choice about her own nature. The Old Country is at once timeless and contemporary-a tale that draws on a wealth of storytelling tradition and dramatizes the question of what it is to be human. Part adventure story, part fable; exciting, beautifully told, rich in humor and wisdom, it is the work of an artist and storyteller at the height of his powers.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tovah Feldshuh

Length:

3h 11m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:45

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:58


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:47


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:46


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

00:16


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:10


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:51


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:07


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:21


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:56


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:26


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:24


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

00:51