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Marilee J. Layman

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02:30 pm: Troll Meets Trickster on the Dakota Prairie by Faythe Dyrud Thureen, illustrated by Chris Wold Dyrud
I met Chris when I was 12 and we've kept in contact ever since. She's an illustrator, mostly for children's books and medical texts. She sent me this book written by her sister-in-law, which she illustrated.

Ingrid is an American girl of Norwegian ancestry and learns of Norway from her grandmother. As a college student, Ingrid visits Norway and learns more. When she comes home, she goes to a college celebration and finds out that the North Dakota she's always thought of as Norwegian is also Native American. Troll (Norway) and Trickster (NA) meet and become friends.

This is a self-published (Feathernest Books) picture book with the story told in rhymes. The rhymes are sometimes forced, although Norwegian words are defined at the bottom of the page. There are no Native American words. The flow of the story is odd and doesn't make much sense. I can't recommend this book for the story. The illos, however, are excellent. Chris is a great illustrator.

You can find out more about the book here.

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