The Kingdom Lost and Found: A fable for everyone
Donze, Mary Terese
. Ave Maria Press . Notre Dame, Ind.
PZ8.D735 Kn 1982 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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This book is the written version of an audio cassette I had already obtained from the author. Prince Leif of Fylke in Norway in an emotion-laden tale is commanded by his father, in peril of his life, to find a person who can make unbreakable bubbles. Leif finds the woodcutter/magician who can do it. King Olav, sullen since he lost Queen Ingebord, tries to break them and soon becomes obsessed with them as they double in number every day. He smashes, heats, and buries them--to no avail. When Leif revisits the woodcutter to ask him to stop the bubble menace, the woodcutter first tempts him with the chance to settle elsewhere as a prince. When Leif insists on helping his father, the woodcutter gives him the solution. Saying I love you sincerely breaks the bubbles and rekindles humane feelings in the kingdom. The art here is simple two-color work, present on almost every page.