The Most Beautiful Story

The Most Beautiful Story

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This 2022 Mildred L. Batchelder Honor book is a testament to the power of the imagination and the saving power of storytelling.


While the rest of the world is sleeping, Vera is out running, flying to the lake at the top of the hill. She needs to meet her little brother again, and so, she turns to Syl. Syl, the magical creature who rises from the lake. Syl, who helps reframe grief and pain into healing and acceptance. Syl, who tells the story Vera most wants to hear: the story that brings Vera's brother back to life.


The Most Beautiful Story, both sad and hopeful, is a stunning testament to the saving power of stories. Together, Tj nn and Torseter have created a quiet, introspective book about longing, loss, and a love that transcends both.



Author: Brynjulf Jung Tjønn
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Published: 09/14/2021
Pages: 48
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 10.31h x 8.35w x 0.47d
ISBN: 9781592703500
Audience: Ages 4-8
Award: Mildred L. Batchelder Award - Honor Book

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2021

About the Author
Øyvind Torseter is a Norwegian artist and illustrator who has created eight books on his own and several with other authors. He's received numerous awards for his books, including a Bologna Ragazzi Award and the Norwegian Book Art Prize. In 2014, Øyvind was a finalist for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. This is his sixth book to be published by Enchanted Lion.