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A small tall tale from the far Far North / by Peter Sis.

By: Sís, Peter, 1949-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Frances Foster Books, 2001Edition: 1st Farrar, Straus and Giroux ed.Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0374370753; 0374467250.Subject(s): Welzl, Jan -- Juvenile fiction | Survival -- Fiction | Eskimos -- Fiction | Arctic regions -- FictionSummary: With the help of Eskimos, Jan Welzl survives a perilous journey from central Europe to the Arctic regions in the late 1800s. One hundred years ago a young man named Jan Welzl left his home in Europe and headed for the Far North. He rode off in a horse-drawn cart, traded the cart for a sled pulled by reindeer, and was gone for thirty years. Like Robinson Crusoe, he turned adversity into adventure and the wilderness into a dream, where anything could happen and anyone could be a hero. In this reissue of one of his earlier works, award-winning author/artist Peter Sis explores the life of Czech folk hero Jan Welzl and re-creates his extraordinary Arctic odyssey. Mixing fact with legend, he paints the fascinating story of a little-known explorer and the native people who became his teachers and his friends. With maps, storyboards, panoramas, and even a myth told in pictographs, Peter Sis has concocted a visual feast. "Sis casts a spell of enchantment. Jan Welzl never had a better friend." -- The Washington Post Book World.
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With the help of Eskimos, Jan Welzl survives a perilous journey from central Europe to the Arctic regions in the late 1800s. One hundred years ago a young man named Jan Welzl left his home in Europe and headed for the Far North. He rode off in a horse-drawn cart, traded the cart for a sled pulled by reindeer, and was gone for thirty years. Like Robinson Crusoe, he turned adversity into adventure and the wilderness into a dream, where anything could happen and anyone could be a hero. In this reissue of one of his earlier works, award-winning author/artist Peter Sis explores the life of Czech folk hero Jan Welzl and re-creates his extraordinary Arctic odyssey. Mixing fact with legend, he paints the fascinating story of a little-known explorer and the native people who became his teachers and his friends. With maps, storyboards, panoramas, and even a myth told in pictographs, Peter Sis has concocted a visual feast. "Sis casts a spell of enchantment. Jan Welzl never had a better friend." -- The Washington Post Book World.

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