Selected by the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education as one of the 2004 Best Children’s Books for the Year
The late Joan Bodger was known internationally as one of our foremost storytellers. At the heart of her repertoire were the great medieval tales of lords and ladies, treachery, and chivalry. Among these beautiful courtly tales from Europe are the stories of Tristan – young and old – Childe Rowland, Burd Janet, and Iron John.
These are stories that were heard at the long tables of the great halls, stories repeated around modest peat fires in cozy cottages, stories that traveled with the tellers across the seas. Tales of Court and Castle is an irresistible invitation to young readers to discover stories of enduring power.
About Joan Bodger
Joan Bodger juggles the roles of writer, storyteller, and Gestalt therapist. She grew up in a family that treasured books and storytelling. She studied storytelling at Columbia University in 1948 and co-founded the world-renowned Storytelling School of Toronto. She has published a children’s novel, Clever-Lazy (Tundra), as well as How the Heather Looks, a travelogue that explores the English sites found in children’s books (McClelland & Stewart). She is presently working on her autobiography. Joan Bodger lives in Toronto.
Mark Lang is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. His has created illustrations for The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Globe and Mail, and many others. The Forest Family is his first picture book.
About Mark Lang
Mark Lang is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Village Voice, and other publications. He has twice collaborated with author Joan Bodger on the children’s book, The Forest Family, and the travelogue, How the Heather Looks. Mark Lang lives with his family in Montreal.
About Ken Setterington
Ken Setterington is an international authority on children’s books. He was named the first Children and Youth Advocate for Library Services by the Toronto Public Library and won a prestigious Toronto Arts Award for Writing and Publishing for his work with children’s literature. Most recently, he co-wrote A Guide to Canadian Children’s Books. He has published two books for children with Tundra: The Snow Queen and Wild Swans, both of which were also illustrated by the Hofers.
“This book is a great purchase for storytellers and lovers of medieval tales alike.”
–Montreal Review of Books
“The stories are all interesting and have many elements that would appeal to young readers…”
“The illustrations are striking… Tales of Court and Castle is recommended for both public and school libraries…”
“The late Joan Bodger’s voice still mesmerizes…. Bodger recreates the flavour of the tales…. Excellent read-alouds.”
–The Toronto Star