The Legend of Leelanau by Kathy-jo Wargin, Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

By Kathy-jo Wargin, Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen

The younger maiden Leelinau is forbidden from going into the Spirit wooden. yet Leelinau so enjoys her time spent there with the Pukwudjinees (the tiny fairies of the woodland) that she dangers fidgeting with them time and time back. The legend explores the resistance many folks harbor of coming into maturity. this is often the 5th name written by means of Kathy-jo Wargin and illustrated by way of Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen in our Legend sequence which at the moment has 400,000 copies in print. The Legend of the sound asleep endure, the identify that all started the sequence, is the respectable country of Michigan childrens's e-book. "Leelinau was once so chuffed to be within the Spirit wooden once more that she started to dance throughout. Then she sat down amidst a large number of huge tree roots that healthy like a chair made only for her. yet this time, as she sat there to relaxation, she heard unusual whispers. at the start, Leelinau suggestion it gave the impression of child robins attempting to seize their first breaths, or ferns being tossed from side to side within the wind. yet Leelinau wasn't really yes, so she listened extra conscientiously. She heard extra whispers, after which voices. Leelinau turned worried. Her middle pounded like a wide drum in her chest, and her throat felt tight and narrow."

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Gijsbert and his family live in Bath, Michigan, where they share their 40-acre farm with sheep, horses, dogs, cats, turkeys, rabbits, chickens, and pigeons. They also provide a temporary home for many orphaned and injured wildlife. The farm, the land, and the animals make great subjects for him to paint.

So I must go away from here, there is no time to wait, to live where I’ll remain a child before it’s much too late. ” Right then, everyone knew Leelinau chose to run away with the Pukwudjininees and remain a little girl forever. They understood that childhood was like the laughter of fairies, filling your heart with the sound of a million bells, and that as fast as it comes, it’s gone. Some people say that Leelinau and the fairies traveled to the Evening Star, and some people believe they went to the Happy Land.

Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen Gijsbert was born in the Netherlands. Always drawing as a young boy, his father encouraged Gijsbert to make art his career. After high school, he attended and graduated from the Royal Academy of Arts in Arnhem. He immigrated to America in 1976 and worked as Art Director for the Michigan Natural Resources Magazine for 17 years. Gijsbert now paints full time and loves the freedom of painting whatever he wants. The Legend of Leelanau is his twelfth children’s book with Sleeping Bear Press.

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