THE OLD COUNTRY

By
Mordicai Gerstein
The Old Country

'Never look too long into the eyes of a fox'
'So this is what it's like to have fingers,' the girl laughed, and pointed the bow at Gisella. 'How does the world look from the other side of the crossbow?'

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144 pages
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Never look too long into the eyes of a fox ...

'So this is what it's like to have fingers,' the girl laughed, and pointed the bow at Gisella. 'How does the world look from the other side of the crossbow?'

Gisella knew this girl. She was so very familiar that it took a moment to realise who she was. Gisella was looking at herself. She looked down. Instead of hands she had two little black fox feet. Before her she found a long, white-tipped fox tail. The fox has changed places with her. This was what Great-Aunt Tanteh had warned her of. While Gisella looked into her eyes, the fox slipped into Gisella's body, and now Gisella was in the fox's.

Now I am a fox, she thought, and the fox is me.

Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of more than thirty books for young readers, among them picture books, biblical retellings, alphabets, and works of fiction.

He was awarded the 2004 Caldecott Medal for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, called 'a tour de force' by the San Francisco Chronicle, a 'milestone' by the Boston Globe, and a 'breathtaking homage to extraordinary buildings and a remarkable man' by Kirkus Reviews.

Mordicai Gerstein lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

"It will feed the mind and promote serious thoughts and considerations"

Village Magazine
Tony Hickey - Village Magazine

This haunting fable draws the reader into a comfortable fairy tale mode that gradually becomes a complex mix of magic and man’s inhumanity. An inspired read.

Inis Magazine
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