Author: Saga Berlin
Illustrations: Mats Jacobson
Pages: 38 (A4)
When parents look for educational heathen materials, we often fall short of finding the ‘right’ kind of books. Although, as a publisher we are attempting to correct that. However, before we can totally fill the gab of educational and almost instructional books for kids, we have found a few publishers that have beat us to the punch and we could not be happier that they did. I am actually quite jealous of their illustrator here, as he has some seriously mad skills in art!
I can’t even tell you how fantastic the illustrations are. They seem hand painted and incredibly detailed with vivid and dark colors that just make the creatures leap off the page.
The book is basically a description of the animals who live in Yggdrasil! The book is absolutely amazing in describing all of the animals (mostly) who are mythically mentioned in the Edda but often don’t seem to be considered much. The only ones that seem to be missing are the “HEARTS” who eat the flesh of Yggdrasil but I can’t really say that this one admission makes the book any less spectacular because that would be a lie!
The book just stands out as this shinning example of both simplistic easy to read text along with gorgeous pictures that bring the reader a sense of wonder and joy. This is an easy read for parents, ranking in at 38 pages it is a perfect book for night time reading. It could also be a FANTASTIC book for home study as it really does cover some basic information very well.
Example: “Odin also has two ravens, Hugin and Munin. Every day, the ravens fly all over the world and come back to report on what they have seen. The name Hugin means “the one who thinks” and Munin means “the one who remembers”. The writing just flows and its this flow that allows you to immerse yourself in the fantastical world that we have as heathens!
I rate this book 5 stars and HIGHLY recommend it!