HANA IN THE TIME OF THE TULIPS by Deborah Noyes and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

February 17, 2009 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

hana-tulpisIn old time Holland, Hana and her Papa had a game on their evening walks. Papa would “faint” and Hana the Renowned Physician would touch his forehead, listen to his heart, and find a cure—a kiss, a race, a scent of roses. But the time of the tulips was when merchants like Papa thought they could quickly become rich with the trade of the valuable flower bulbs.  Preoccupied with making more and more money, Papa stopped going on evening walks and when the business suddenly failed, he became despondent. The painter Rembrandt, a family friend, inspires resourceful Hana to find the cure for Papa’s melancholy.  Discovering a most beautiful tulip in the garden, she makes a special painting for Papa, who upon seeing it comes around to look at Hana as his treasured daughter once again.  Ibatoulline’s masterful paintings and ink drawings in the European tradition carry the text with poignancy and mystery.

Picture book, Ages 4-8, 40 pages

Recommended- Amelia Carling (Pelham)

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