Summer Book

ISBN-10: 159017268X
ISBN-13: 9781590172681
Edition: 2008
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Description: Like the clear, brilliantly blue sky that hangs over the small island on which it’s set,The Summer Bookis intense, fleeting, and perfect. Tove Jansson’s slender novel is a season told in episodes in the lives a six-year-old girl, awakening to  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 5/20/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Like the clear, brilliantly blue sky that hangs over the small island on which it’s set,The Summer Bookis intense, fleeting, and perfect. Tove Jansson’s slender novel is a season told in episodes in the lives a six-year-old girl, awakening to existence, and her grandmother, who is nearing the end of hers. The two traipse over coastline and forest in easy companionship, discussing the things that matter to young and old alike: life, death, the nature of God and of love. Though unsentimental and wise, and at times cranky, the grandmother is a willing partner in her granddaughter’s childish games; together they build boats from bark, create a miniature Venice, and write a book of imaginary entomology. And though impetuous and volatile, the girl tends to her grandmother with the care of an anxious parent. On an island, thinks the grandmother, “everything is complete.” InThe Summer Book, Jansson creates her own complete world, full of the joys and sorrows of our time on earth. Jansson lived for much of her life on an unspoiled island in the Gulf of Finland, andThe Summer Bookis her closely observed journal of the sounds, sights, and feel of a summer spent in intimate contact with the natural world.

Tove Jansson has received the Hans Christian Andersen prize for children's literature. The world of the Moomintroll has become internationally famous thanks to her brilliant sense of humor and fabulous illustrations. The delightful Moomintrolls make it through catastrophe after catastrophe through cooperation and plain luck. Although Jansson is best known for her children's books, her adult fiction is equally entertaining.

Mary Littrell is Professor and Department Head in Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University. Dr. Littrell�s research addresses multiple facets of business social responsibility, with special focus on artisan enterprises. Across her internationally recognized work, she has examined how textile artisan enterprises achieve viability in the increasingly competitive global market for artisan products.

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