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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Retold by Arnica Esterl
Age Range: 6-8
Dragon’s Feathers is a retelling of a well-known Austrian folk tale about a handsome, poor wood-cutter's son who falls in love and wants to marry the beautiful daughter of a wealthy tavern owner in the town. Her father will only give his consent on the condition that the young man brings him three golden dragon feathers. So the Woodcutter sets off in search of the dragon and with a bit of help from the dragon’s wife he accomplished his mission and returns with the three golden feathers as requested.
The book was first published in German as Die Drachenfederen in 1993, and Floris Books have produced an English version translation by Polly Dawson. The illustrations by the Russian husband-and-wife illustrating team Andrej Dugin and Olga Dugina are exceptionally good. Some of the spreads have a medieval feel and are incredibly detailed, filled with humorous encoded or ironical events and symbolic figures from Dugin's master teachers the German Renaissance painter and engraver Albrecht Dürer and Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch.