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Story Discussions #2: East of the Sun West of the Moon (1991)


East of the Sun West of the Moon Book Cover

Hey everybody!  Welcome to  “Story Discussions,” where we talk about various Rabbit Ears stories each week and you can talk about what you liked or hated about the Rabbit Ears story we will discuss for that week.
This week’s Rabbit Ears story we will be discussing this week is:
East of the Sun West of the Moon (1991)

Narrated by: Max Von Sydow
Music by: Lyle Mays
Illustrated by: Vivienne Flesher

One of my favorite stories from the “Rabbit Ears: We All Have Tales” Collection, Max Von Sydow was fantastic in narrating this story about true love and I really loved the fact that this story has a strong female protagonist who actually went on a journey to save her prince from a spell cast on him by an evil troll queen!  Lyle Mays’ music was truly beautiful and it fit the soothing mood of this story and Vivienne Flesher’s artwork greatly brought out the beauty of this story!

So, what did you liked or hated about Max Von Sydow’s narration on “East of the Sun West of the Moon?”

Please feel free to answer below!

East of the Sun West of the Moon by D.J. MacHale


East of the Sun West of the Moon Book Cover

Blog 2 Info

Genre: Folktale / Norway / Drama / Romance

Year Published: 1991

Year Read: 1998

Series: We All Have Tales

Publisher: Rabbit Ears Books

 

Blog 1 Introduction logoFor many years I have been a big fan of Rabbit Ears ever since I was a child and I have seen many Rabbit Ears stories that were about the whole love conquering evil theme.  Well, “East of the Sun West of the Moon” is one of those stories and is also a beautiful love story from the well-known Rabbit Ears “We All Have Tales” series.  With Max Von Sydow’s touching narration, Lyle Mays’ soothing and dramatic music and Vivienne Flesher’s magnificent drawings, this video is sure to be a true classic among both children and adults.

Blog 4 Pros

Max Von Sydow’s narration is mesmerizing and haunting at the same time as he brilliantly narrates a beautiful woman’s attempts at trying to rescue the love of her life from the clutches of the evil troll queen.  Max Von Sydow, most notable for his acting in “The Exorcist,” provides a haunting voice when he is voicing the Troll Queen.  A great example of this is when Max Von Sydow depicts the Troll Queens laughter as he laughs in a hollow and frightening tone.  Also, Max Von Sydow narrates the story with a soothing voice, especially of the scene where the Prince calmly tells the Troll Queen that the power of love broke the spell.  Lyle Mays’ enchanting music provides a spirited sound to this story and one scene where the music was truly sensational was the scene of the girl and the bear traveling in the forest together with the sound of the piano, accompanied by the orchestra of strings, providing the background music.  Vivienne Flesher’s beautiful illustrations are smoothed out and enchanting and she brings life to the girl as she illustrates her with flourishing blond hair and beautiful facial features.

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Blog 5 Cons

Parents should know that there are some scary scenes in this video that include the North Wind and the Troll Queen.  Both these characters are threatening towards the girl, but the Troll Queen is probably the one that younger children will be scared of the most.  The North Wind is portrayed as black gusts of wind, but the way that Max Von Sydow makes the North Wind’s voice extremely menacing will be too frightening for smaller children to handle. The scene where the girl meets the Troll Queen is probably the video’s scariest scene as the Troll Queen is depicted as a grayish-blue woman whose red mouth is mostly shown, especially when she is screaming at the girl and she usually hangs around the darkest corners of her castle.  Also, the Troll Queen’s transformation into a genuine troll may be upsetting for small children, even though the drawings are so smudged that the child probably would not know the difference anyway.

Blog 6 Overall

“East of the Sun West of the Moon” is one of Rabbit Ears’ most dramatic and romantic stories in the “We All Have Tales” series.  Also, its masterful storytelling makes this story extremely exciting and emotional to watch about the girl’s plight when she breaks her promise to the prince.

Blog 7 Awards

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5 stars

 

Also reviewed at: Rabbit Ears Book Blog