Caesar's Antlers

 

by

Brooks Hansen

 

 


a book for Young Readers 

(with illustrations by the author)

As he travels on his own mission to the Northlands of Norway, a reindeer named Caesar is joined by unlikely companions; a mother sparrow searching with her two chicks for her lost mate. With Caesar's permission, the birds make a nest in his antlers and travel with him through athe fall and into winter. Little do they know that the object of their search, after being rescued from an accident by a well-meaning schoolgirl, has been taken miles away, across the sea, and that he is desperately seeking them as well. Both searches seem hopeless, but in this unique adventure, devotion, perseverance, and self-sacrifice - with the help of a little magic - are richly rewarded.

 

Praise for Caesar’s Antlers (FSG, 1997)

This gentle animal tale about an endearing pair of sparrows and a loyal Nordic deer is just waiting for graduates of Bambi and Charlotte's Web.

- Publisher’s Weekly

How might such an author write a children's novel? Quite well, to judge by ''Caesar's Antlers,'' his touching and at times gripping story of a kindly reindeer who helps the mother of two young sparrows find her missing mate….rewarding for the children among, and inside, us all.

- New York Times Book Review

 

…in this unique adventure, devotion, perseverance, and self-sacrifice - with the help of a little magic - are richly rewarded.

                                                                    - Library Journal

 

Simply written, yet full of wonder and magic, the story builds to a satisfying, if tragic conclusion. The author creates his animal characters with care, puts them in believable situations, and hints at the mysteries of life and death that overlay the natural world. His spare ink drawings add to the quiet mood of this read-aloud, which captures the winter's chill and the warmth of a loving heart.

- Los Angeles Public Library