Wallace, Ian The Man Who Walked The Earth.
Wallace, Ian THE MAN WHO WALKED THE EARTH. ISBN 0-88899-545-8.
Toronto, ON: Groundwood, 2003. 32 pp. $17.95. This is a wonderful
Christmas story about a family that is separated as a result of a
prolonged drought on the prairies. The father leaves his wife and two
children in search of work. Each day, the mother sets an extra place at
the table in case anyone might be in need of a meal; she hopes someone
will do the same for her husband. After eight months (just before
Christmas), a stranger arrives out of the cold. He brings gifts, magical
tricks, and a sense of hope. The illustrations are beautiful, evoking
the dark winter night when the father leaves and the warmth created by
the stranger working his magic. This magical book offers rich teaching
opportunities (prairies, winter, Christmas, and the stranger) as it
touches upon a wide range of emotions evoked by both the text and
illustrations. Ages 6-10.
Margaret James, Toronto District
School Board, ON