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I will not be involved with any 'watering down' of books two and three, since what I have been working towards the whole time in the first film is to be able to deliver on the second and third". Nothing can bring out all that's in the book. There are always compromises". Coulter, and Daniel Craig as Lord Asriel. No sequels are planned. Compass actor Sam Elliott blamed the Catholic Church's opposition for forcing their cancellation, but UK Guardian film critic Stuart Heritage thought that critical "disappointment" with the first film may have been the real reason.

He said, "It's at an exciting point where we're just … trying to work out what works," and that he wanted to ensure that they were being loyal to the books. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see His Dark Materials disambiguation. Cover of Scholastic collected edition, Locations in His Dark Materials.

Characters of His Dark Materials. Airships are the dominant form of air travel in Lyra's world, which need to dock at a tower rather than on the land. A "truth teller", a rare device in Lyra's world which resembles a four-handed pocket watch, it can truthfully answer any possible question asked by a skilled user. From aletheia Ancient Greek: Anbaric , and the prefix anbaro-: Both words derive from the electrostatic properties of amber. Research into particle physics. Rubber and possibly also plastic, from the Quechuan word cauchuc or caoutchouc , meaning the sap of the rubber tree. All scientific enquiry derives from the church and so the language that describes it has religious overtones a chapel is ordinarily a place of religious worship.

The head of a scientific laboratory. Sometimes hot chocolate ; other times "a bar of chocolatl" a chocolate bar. From chocolatl , the Nahuatl word for chocolate. An underground railway station. A type of wood used by witches for flying akin to broomsticks in other literature. A synthetic fibre made from coal, was invented as a substitute for natural silk, akin to Nylon. Petroleum or other hydrocarbon fuels derived from it. The animal embodiment of a human's inner-life. It is pronounced 'demon'. Mysterious cosmic particles that are integral to the plot. Dust is invisible to the human eye, and, unlike ordinary particles, Dust is conscious.

An occasionally used Latin word for amber ; see "anbaric" above. A geothermal vent in which the panserbjorne work in metallurgy ; supposedly impenetrable to humans and witches. Marzipan , "marchpane" is an archaic word for "marzipan". Oil or petroleum as in oil-lamp, rather than naphtha-lamp. A petrochemical like kerosene. A computer from the same root as ordinateur French and ordenador Spanish. Having to do with the study of the physical laws of the universe i.

In our own world, science and physics grew out of - and were, until the 19th century usually referred to as - natural philosophy. A photograph ; more primitive than those in our own world but able to be developed in multiple ways. A magic lantern used for photograms. Pullman noted in Northern Lights ' s Lantern Slides addendum that he based the projector in the book on one his grandfather owned. The name, in our universe, of Dust.

From "Natural Theology" meaning "science". A highly prized wine in Lyra's world, the name may be an archaic, Anglicised form of tokaji a wine of the Tokaj-Hegyalja region in Hungary [35]. List of renamings of peoples and places. Unless stated otherwise, these words are all capitalised. Named after the explorer who first set out in the region, Vitus Bering. A phonetically identical re-spelling of Britain. It has echoes of " Brython ", a word for ancient British people and the lands they inhabited. China, taken from the medieval European name for China.

This is an old spelling, used prior to the current one, with a "K". East Anglia , the region where John Faa 's gyptians live; in Lyra's Brytain it has remained fenland with the Dutch influence remaining strong. This name refers to Iceland's volcanoes rather than to its glaciers. The North Sea Groenland: A boat-dwelling, transient social group in Lyra's world.

They live according to their own customs and traditions, outside mainstream society. They are reminiscent of " Gypsies " Roma. Our word "Gypsy" is derived from the mistaken belief that Gypsies were Egyptian in origin. Lake Inari , a lake in Northern Finland.

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From Enare, the Swedish-language name for the lake. The region corresponding in our world to Swedish Lapland and Northern Norway. This is an archaic, English word for a sailor or militiaman from the Indian Subcontinent or thereabouts. Mexico, from the Mexican pronunciation. A reference to the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Territory approximates to our Russia see 'Russia' below.

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Lee Scoresby is described as a 'New Dane', specifically from the 'country of Texas' see 'Texas' below. Includes the regions in our world of Quebec , much of eastern Canada, and the areas bought by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase. Lee Scoresby recalls the Battle of the Alamo , in his world, as being between French and Danish settlers. From Nippon "land of the rising sun" , a Japanese-language name for Japan. Armoured bears as a whole race or as individuals ; a warrior clan of sapient , talking polar bears based on the islands of Svalbard , known for crafting powerful armour from meteoric iron.

The Pacific Ocean, calqued from the Latin. Is mentioned in shipping entries at the end of Once Upon a Time in the North , and includes Finnish territory of the Russian Empire [38] As Muscovy is also mentioned on the same book page, 'Russia' might be separate from Muscovy. A Native American specifically Inuit person, particularly one from Greenland. Natives of Greenland were once named similarly by the Viking settlers of our world.

A Tatar ; Nomadic Turkic, warrior people of northern Asia, known for the practice of unusual spiritual rituals, including trepanning. The homeland of Lee Scoresby and a sovereign nation within the region called New Denmark. The Republic of Texas was briefly an independent nation in our own world. Once Upon a Time in the North. The Book of Dust. The vibrancy of the colors, the complexity of the lines, the whimsical nature of the images I am a huge fan of wordless books, particularly when they offer such opportunity for imagination to ignite and growth to take place on behalf of the reader, be it a child or an adult.

The "story" becomes so much more meaningful when you are given license to be a part of it--literally help create it as you go, even though there might be a preconceived idea in the mind of the author. This is one of those books. The amount of insight you gain into the little girl's character is astounding; whether it be a slight shrug or a purposeful movement, a sketch with her crayon or a look on her face, she moves you on every page. And the innocence she emotes juxtaposed with the inherent strength and power she possesses give you a such a sense of pride.

She offers such possibilities; she reminds you why life is about hope. I enjoyed the ending, which, though a bit of a twist, manages to tie everything together in a beautiful way I read with my kids, and we took turns "reading" the story, each of us taking two pages at a time. It was amazing to see where we took it and why; the creativity that emerged and the imagination that we brought to the story enhanced its meaning in profound ways.

It was interesting to me to see that, regardless of their age differences 3,5,7,9 , each of my children not only jumped at the chance to tell the story, but they caught on to each other's nuanced ways of engaging with the "text" and kind of came together full circle in fascinating, unexpected ways. This is one of the best books I've read--for children and adults alike.

Take the time to read it, and read it, and read it again. View all 3 comments. Jan 01, Betsy rated it it was amazing. Working with them on almost a day-to-day basis as a children's librarian, I did not doubt that my experience helped me to separate out the wheat from the chaff so to speak. Then I had my own kiddo and together we were able to plumb the depths of the board book genre. I will tell you right now that Journey by Aaron Becker is not intended for the toddler crowd. With its fine attention to detail and jaw-dropping storyline, Becker has created a modern day classic in the midst of an overpopulated genre.

That said, do not hesitate to introduce this book to any and all kiddos you have at hand. Give it to your teenagers. Give it to your ankle biters. The more people that sit down and take in the pages of the book, the better off the whole of humanity will be. A girl is bored. Bored bored bored bored bored. A door is drawn on the wall of her room and passing through it instantly yields a glorious lantern lit world, replete with tall green trees and a meandering stream. When the girl draws a boat with which to explore the stream she is drawn into a massive water-driven city full of friendly residents, canals, and locks.

An accidental slip over the side causes her to draw a hot air balloon and all is well until she spots a beautiful purple bird. Pursued by a relentless villain, the creature is caught and caged. Our heroine attempts a daring rescue but is caught herself in the attempt. That said, all other similarities to Harold stop right there.

Sure, I recognize the brilliance in the simple writing and the art is a dream to the eye in its minimalism. Yet there was always something cold and lonely to the Harold books. Nothing he draws ever moves. Journey is vastly different. Here our heroine meets new people, some of whom are friendly and some are not. She interacts with them. Instead of being limited to the world of her crayon, her crayon instead introduces her to whole new worlds she would never have seen otherwise.

So while Harold exists in the cold white plain pages of a book, destined to provide only one color for variety, this girl uses her one color to explore other colors and other worlds and other people and cultures. Not afraid of architecture is Mr. Not a jot afraid. The first person it made me think of, actually, was David Macaulay. But unlike Macaulay, Becker does not seem to sport any actual degrees in architecture. I then showed this book to my husband and he looked at it with interest. It most certainly does! This goes for reluctant readers and kids that are reading below their grade levels.

Becker easily could have added text to this book. Instead, he and his editor and even his publisher took a chance and let the images and the storytelling do the talking. Sometimes you have to shut your trap to truly hear what a book has to say. There appear to be Egyptian decals on some of his architecture.

His house for the bird has a somewhat pagoda look to it. There is a very different argument against this book that I should address, however. I was at a nice little shindig the other day, talking with librarians about picture books we think should win big awards and the subject of Journey came up. I had no idea the book had a gun. Well, you can bet I ran back home and looked the book over cover to cover. There is a scene in the book where the bad guy is seen from a distance, directing his two men to place the captured purple bird in a cage.

He is pointing at them, but the way Becker drew the image the hand takes on the shape of, yes, a teeny tiny gun. This is clearly a quirk of the art. Look on a previous page and you can see the villain doing the same hand movement in his little airship, just with his fingers some folks think his hand is a gun as well, but if you look you'll see that the colors of said "gun" are the same as his arm, suggesting that this is just a very insistent pointer finger.

That same pointing movement is replicated on the next page, but because of an extra bump of his glove, the hand itself looks somewhat gun like. Of course, it would make NO sense for it to even be a gun.

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The baddie is just directing his men. More to the point, if this guy was to carry a gun, a typical handgun wouldn't make a lick of sense. He's sport a blunderbuss or something that fits in with the environment around him. Plus, why would he be waving a gun at a bird he just wants to capture and cage? This is just a quirk of an image. A person reads into it what they themselves want to see. If you want to see a gun, you'll see a gun, but trust me when I say it's just going to be wishful thinking on your part.

Usually when we talk about stunning wordless picture books we talk about artist David Wiesner. Packed with details, the book rewards readings and rereadings. Take your own today. For ages 2 and up. Sep 12, Colby rated it it was amazing. This is, in my opinion, an essential book for parents and non-parents alike. It is a work of literature, stunning in its artistry, poetic in its imagery, minimalism, and allusions. What you have here is a wordless storybook. It is, I would suggest, more a work of art, a collection of linked paintings that tell a story.

Our main character nameless , seeks refuge from her disconnected life in the adventures she creates with her red crayon. Sound like a book we've all read and loved? She journeys, with her crayon, into a beautifully imagined world and an adventure. I read this book with my three-and-a-half-year-old son last night and he was enthralled. In spite of the fact that there were no words, he was gripped. The lack of a defined way of telling this story allowed us to tell it ourselves. Tonight, when we read it again, it will be slightly different. New words will be used to give voice to the story told through the images.

Every time we read this book, it will become new. I can't speak highly enough of this book. Even as an adult I read it and appreciate what it does. Brilliant in every way. Please, do yourself a favor, spend the fourteen or fifteen bucks and get this. Because your child or you will read it at 3, at 5, at 10, at 16, at 30, at This is a book I would, as a teacher, work into units from kindergarten through graduate school. How many books can you say that about?

Sep 13, David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a beautiful illustrated children's book, one of the best books I have read this year.

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It's also Aaron Becker's first book, and it's also wordless. It of course owes its main idea to Harold and the Purple Crayon, and the idea that a kid with a coloring crayon can change his or her world. But Crockett Johnson keeps it simple and clean, and Becker builds on the idea to suggest that this act adds color and shape and ecstatic invention to a child's, or anyone's world. Basic point--that the im This is a beautiful illustrated children's book, one of the best books I have read this year. Basic point--that the imagination matters, that creativity enriches, that it is essential to our world--but it is such a needed reminder in the Common Core world of argumentation and textual exegesis.

A simple reminder, but fundamental, timeless. A classic everyone will know at some point, I am quite sure! Sep 19, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a wordless picture book about a girl who is lonely and uses a magic piece of chalk to "draw" herself into a different world and vehicles to travel upon. It is executed well, and shows the creative side of using your imagination. View all 4 comments. Feb 11, Lola added it Shelves: This book is incredible. Which just shows that sometimes words are not needed.

I understood everything perfectly without requiring any sort of narration based on words. This is the beautiful story of a young girl who, out of boredom, draws a door on one the walls of her bedroom and is magically transported into another world. This world is complex and, while clearly magical and astounding, also slightly dangerous. This girl, whose name we know not, witnesses a majestic bird being captured and trie This book is incredible. This girl, whose name we know not, witnesses a majestic bird being captured and tries to save it.

Therefore, I was not concerned about the lack of writing. The illustrations are enough. Apr 21, Hilary rated it really liked it Shelves: Imaginative story of a child with a magic pencil. No text, lovely book to look through alone, or to describe what's happening. Dec 29, Kristi rated it really liked it Shelves: I loved this one, think the girl may be to young for it though Jan 17, Kari rated it liked it. Harold and the Purple Crayon, 2. Jun 14, Robert Ellington rated it it was amazing. Jun 20, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. It is about a year-old boy, Thomas Werkmann, who boards a ship, the St. Francis at Germany bound for Cuba and then the United States. His mother has sent him there alone with the hope that he can escape the horrors of Nazi Germany in the mids. His father is in a concentration camp.

When Thomas boards the ship, he means the Aldett family and becomes very taken with their beautiful daughter Priska, who fee I thought that the novel by Kim Albon Whitney, The Other Half of Life, was fabulous. When Thomas boards the ship, he means the Aldett family and becomes very taken with their beautiful daughter Priska, who feels the same way. Her younger sister, Marianne has a crush on him as well. The ship's captain is not a member of the Nazi party, but the rest of it is, and the only thing keeping the crew from treating them the Jews the way they were treated back in Germany is the ship's captain.

Thomas enjoys his time on the ship playing chess and talking with Priska, but he constantly worries about a rumor that says the Jews will be turned back to Germany and denied landing rights in Cuba. Meanwhile, Priska is always very happy, a bit naive, and optimistic about what will happen once they reach Cuba.

One crew member has caught the attention of Thomas. The man walks with a cane, but Thomas believes that it is hollow and that the man is hiding something.


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Towards the end of the book, Thomas finds out that he is right, and the man is a spy for the Nazis. The man is killed accidentally. Then, the ship is turned back around to Europe, and Priska, Thomas, and others believe that they are saved because Holland, England, and Belgium have agreed to take them in, and they won't have to return to Germany.

Little do they know, however, that by the end of the war, all three countries will have been occupied by the Nazi's and many people on the ship will be sent to concentration camps. The book ends with fast-forwards to 10 and 70 years later. Priska and Thomas agreed to meet after the war is over at a certain place, but we fast-forward ten years later and Thomas is at their meeting place, waiting for Priska.

Instead, Marianne comes and tells him that Priska died in a concentration camp. We then fast-forward sixty years later and Marianne and Thomas are married with two children. Thomas is still in love with Priska, but he and Marianne are binded by their mutual love for her. The Other Half of Life is a great book that is best suited for ages twelve and up. It is a thought provoking book of historical fiction.

Mixed with history and romance, it appeals to readers with many different interests. Sep 08, Curtis Dahlen added it. At this point in world war two, Hitler is letting Jews out of Germany on ships heading for Cuba, and then to the U. One of which is called the St. In an effort to escape Germany, Thomas is sent aboard the St. Francis by his mother. Unfortunately, they only have enough money to get one of them out of the Country a Objective Summary: Unfortunately, they only have enough money to get one of them out of the Country and into Cuba.

Thomas also had to leave his father behind because he was captured by the Nazis. While on the St. Francis, Thomas meets a family that he becomes very acquainted with. They go by the Affedts.


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  6. On the voyage, the passengers are actually treated well because even though the captain is part of the Nazi party, he does not believe in most of the laws set against Jews. But on the ship is another person from the Nazi party, Ortsgruppenleiter Holz. Holz deeply believes in these laws.

    We later find out that he was a Nazi spy collecting information from the U. When they reach Cuba, they find out that to land on Cuban shore, they all need a visa. All that they have are landing permits. So then head to the United States, where they are once again, rejected. So they set course back to Germany, but before they get there, they manage to convince some European countries to let them land. So in turn, they split up the passengers to go to different countries. Priska and Thomas are sent to different countries.

    They plan to meat up 5 years later in Miami because by that time they will both be in America. Instead, in 10 years, Thomas sees Marianne, Priska's sister, who tells Thomas that Priska was killed in a concentration camp near the German boarder. Marianne and Thomas are then seen seventy years later where they have been married and have two kids.

    To end the book, it's al of them looking at an exhibit in a museum dedicated to the St. Aug 26, Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fifteen-year-old Thomas Werkmann has witnessed firsthand just how cruel the Nazis can be, and his mother has scraped together the money to send him to Cuba on the tourist boat, the MS Francis, along with over other Jews hoping to escape persecution. Upon their leaving in Hamburg, Thomas is unwillingly befriended by the two daughters of a German literature professor. Although jealous of the Affeldts and the fact that their family has managed to escape the country together, unlike his own, Thomas finds himself drawn to the year-old Priska, regardless of her seemingly foolish optimism and overly friendly nature.

    During their two-week voyage across the Atlantic, Thomas - and eventually Priska - grow suspicious about several things that seem to be happening on their ship. Why is the crew treating the Jews with respect when Jews aren't considered citizens anymore? Why is the ship steward, Manfred, so friendly with them - Priska in particular - when he's a member of the Nazi party? Why was the Nazi general, Herr Holz, assigned to this ship when he carries a cane to get around, and why does his injury seem so fake to Thomas?

    Before the ship enters Cuban waters, rumors begin to circulate, and Thomas and Priska do a little investigating of their own. Is it possible that there might be even bigger problems that may delay their entry into Cuba Although Thomas excels in chess, this may be one game where, as a pawn, he may never be able to win. This story, based on the true account of the MS St. Poignant and heartfelt, the cast of characters on this ship will stick with the reader long after they've closed the cover. I would have preferred to give this a 3. The story was a bit slow at times, in the descriptions of chess games and such.

    The history part was interesting to me as I had not heard of this ship and incident before. Louis in , the journey of the fictional Nazi luxury liner MS St. Francis from Germany to Cuba and the United States creates the dramatic underpinning for this story.

    Focusing on year-old Thomas Werkmann I would have preferred to give this a 3. Focusing on year-old Thomas Werkmann and year-old Priska Affeldt, Whitney chronicles what happened to more than Jews seeking refuge from growing anti-Semitism in Germany. Thomas is traveling alone. His father, who is Jewish, is in Dachau, and his mother, a Christian, could raise the money for only one passage.

    A strong friendship develops between the wary boy and optimistic Priska, who is traveling with her family. Whitney integrates, sometimes in an overly journalistic tone, information about oppression in Germany, but readers' attention is held by the young passengers' playful pranks, the developing romance between the two main characters, and tension between the passengers and the Nazi crew.

    Chess becomes significant to the story, possibly leaving some readers at a loss. The dramatic tone is sometimes too subdued, especially when the passengers are forced to make the return trans-Atlantic journey after being turned away from Cuba and the United States. In spite of these shortcomings, this story will hold readers' interest and heighten awareness of history that could become forgotten.

    The author imparts the fates of the passengers in the last two chapters, one set 10 years after the ship returns to Europe and the other 70 years after. A chronology of German anti-Semitic legislation is appended. Jan 27, Martha rated it really liked it Shelves: An engrossing story based on one of the most shameful moments in U. Here the ship is called the MS St.

    Francis, and we embark along with year-old Thomas, traveling alone at the urging of his gentile mother after his Jewish father has been imprisoned by the Nazis. As the ship sets sail from Germany for Cuba, Thomas is befriended by Marianne and Priska, the daughters of the An engrossing story based on one of the most shameful moments in U. As the ship sets sail from Germany for Cuba, Thomas is befriended by Marianne and Priska, the daughters of the Affeldt family. Throughout the novel, chess provides a metaphor for the strategic choices made by both individuals and nations in the struggle for superiority and survival, but those unfamiliar with the game may lose interest in the detailed passages describing shipboard matches.

    Far more engaging, though, are the relationships between the characters, and the final two chapters, which reveal the fates of the passengers, are particularly poignant. Recommend this book to fans of historical fiction or readers interested in the Holocaust. Girls may be hooked by the romance angle, boys may find the protagonist appealing, but all readers will learn about an important chapter in history. In , Hitler and the Nazi Party have taken over Germany and Jews are rapidly being degrading and persecuted like never before.

    Thomas is determined to be tough and cynical but two girls enter his life and change him for good. At first Thomas feels the beautiful Priska is naive and her little sister Marianne silly, but the more he gets to k In , Hitler and the Nazi Party have taken over Germany and Jews are rapidly being degrading and persecuted like never before. At first Thomas feels the beautiful Priska is naive and her little sister Marianne silly, but the more he gets to know the girls, he realizes that Priska is more than what she seems and together they form a close friendship to get them through the nerve-wrecking voyage.

    Though they are treated kindly, Thomas worries that the Nazi officers on the ship mean to trick them and he and Priska suspect a high-ranking officer of being up to something and Thomas also suspects the kind attentions of the ship's steward. The only person he can count on is Priska and they help each other through the nerve-wracking voyage and long delays once the ship docks. The main plot of the story ends after the ship docks in Cuba and what happens next is told in one chapter and an epilogue.

    I thought the book would longer and tell the whole story of the ship. I was also a bit confused because the story was based on a true incident and the book jacket advertises that fact but the name of the ship was changed in the story. Even knowing what happened to the ship, I found the story suspenseful enough to keep turning the pages until I finished. I also liked knowing what happened to the characters after the story ends.

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    This is a good read for teens who are interested in Holocaust history without a lot of gory details. May 31, Annie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was incredible. It tells the story of a young boy named Thomas who boarded the St. Francis ship by himself, with his mother still in Germany, to hopefully find freedom in Cuba since he was a Jew during the time Nazis were out to kill them. Thomas was depressed while entering this ship. He was leaving behind his mother…he was leaving behind his father… and there was no guarantee that there would be a better life after the s Wow.

    He was leaving behind his mother…he was leaving behind his father… and there was no guarantee that there would be a better life after the ship. But he soon meets a young girl named Priska and her family.