Finzel the farsighted

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A Unicorn Book E.P.Dutton, 1983 - Juvenile Fiction - 46 pages
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Although his nearsightedness causes difficulties, Finzel the Far-Sighted is blessed with the ability to see into the future.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Fleischman's favorite folk-motif, the tell-tale object, is used with panache in this tale of Finzel the fortune-teller—who, in true Fools of Chelm tradition (the jacket says it, but it's so), can see ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jill.Barrington - LibraryThing

A fortune teller, Fenzel, has bad eyesight. He tells one customer the wrong fortune by mistake many times, until the end. When someone tries to outsmart Fenzel and exploit his bad sight, Fenzel is able to find the culprit. The book would be useful in a discussion about morals. Read full review


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About the author (1983)

Paul Fleischman was born in Monterey, California on September 5, 1952. His father is fellow children's author, Sid Fleischman. He attended the University of California at Berkeley for two years, from 1970 to 1972. He dropped out to go on a cross-country train/bicycle trip and along the way took care of a 200-year-old house in New Hampshire. He eventually earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of New Mexico in 1977. Fleischman has written over 25 books for children and young adults including award winners such as Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, Newberry Medal in 1989; Graven Images, Newberry Honor; Bull Run, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction; Breakout, Finalist for the National Book Award in 2003; Saturnalia, Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Honor. He has also garnered numerous awards and recognitions from the American Library Association, School Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and NCTE. He founded the grammar watchdog groups ColonWatch and The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to English.

Marcia Sewall is an illustrator with a simple drawing style that conveys the rhythm and characters of the stories without overwhelming them. Marica Sewall covers subjects such as the death of a loved one (Saying Good-bye to Grandma by Jane Resh Thomas) or something more light-hearted (The Leprechaun's Story by Richard Kennedy). Her drawings give the books a simple clarity. Marcia was never taught to illustrate books, but she took an art course from the Rhode Island School of Design after finishing graduate studies in education. She went on to become a staff artist for a children's museum and later an art teacher. When the time came for her to write her own books, she chose topics that show her love of history: a western ballad for Ridin' That Strawberry Roan and a Scottish folktale for The Wee, Wee Mannie and the Big, Big Coo. Marcia gained the most fame from her three books on the settling of her beloved New England: The Pilgrims of Plimoth, The People of the Breaking Day, and Thunder from the Clear Sky. All three books take the point of view of settlers or the Native Americans as they encounter each other in those first hard years. She often gives talks at local schools and libraries on the craft of illustration. Two of her more recent books are James Towne: Struggle for Survival and Nickommoh! A Thanksgiving Celebration, which she illustrated. Nickommoh! tells how the Narragansett people would have given thanks for the harvest in the days before the Pilgrims came.

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