May 11, 2011

The Weaver by Kai Strand

The Weaver is a suggested reader for ages 9 to 12 years.

Mary Wordsmith lives in The Tales, a village who inhabitants speak story weaving, often in the form of prose, poetry, limericks and yarns.  However, Mary isn't very good at it and whenever she weaves a tale, everyone in town rolls their eyes.  Poor Mary can never end her stories properly, nor find the most eloquent way to express herself.

One day as Mary heads home from the dairy, she trips and falls into a ditch and bumps her head.  The milk she is carrying rolls under a bush and as she goes to collect it, she finds a blue gnome-elf named Unwanted.  After bargaining with Mary for a bottle of milk, which he "loveses", he zaps Mary with a bolt of electricity and she wakes up with a headache and all four bottles of her milk gone.  Angry and mumbling to herself that she lost all her milk, she fails to notice the little yarn charm lying upon the ground of her bumping her head.

As the story progresses, we watch as Mary tries to find her niche in the village, and her own way of weaving a tale.  Feeling like an unwanted freak, Mary begins to understand that she is leaving little yarn charms whenever she weaves a tale and everyone wants one.  Disheartened and upset that no one listens to her tales and is only interested in her charms, she runs away!  After she learns a moral lesson, like those in Aesop's Fables, Mary must now come to terms with her abilities and learn to believe in herself.  Will Mary find her way, or will she continue to run??

I really enjoyed The Weaver and the lesson that it teaches.  The simple nature of its chapters and easy flow of its story would be one any young person would enjoy.  At the head of each chapter is a quote that makes you think and reflect, such as, "If the colour white is associated with purity why is it called a white lie?" and "Even when the seas are calm, you must know how to swim".  I just loved reading these and each one also applies to the chapter your reading.  The little charms that Mary weaves sound delightful and I'd love to have Mary weave me a tale so that I could have one too!  I like how Mary's friends stand by her and support her in all of this, even when Mary believes she is alone.  My favourite character was, Unwanted, he was just adorable, I love how he spoke, "I's wishded!  Goblins are handsomey devils..."  I wish we could have seen more of Unwanted, I  think Unwanted could set off a series of stories from this.  I see Unwanted going off and wrecking his mismatched havoc all over the place and weaving more tales of his own!   All in all, however, this is a must have for those young readers who like a bit of magic, humour and a wonderful moral lesson! 

In a town of word weavers, Mary suffers through her third year of Novice Word Weaving. Mary thinks her troubles are over when she meets a gnome-elf who grants her a wish.  But instead of weaving a better story, she’s weaving strange yarn charms to accompany her still pathetic tales.

**  Disclosure:  I did not accept any compensation from the publishers other than review copies, my views are my own, reviewed by I see it~!!  **


  1. Oh my goodness, thank you for such a wonderful review. I'm so glad you enjoyed The Weaver. Near the end of my tour, you'll learn how to make an "opalescent web" charm! Be sure to tune in.

    Thanks for hosting The Weaver today!

  2. I see Kai has popped in already. Thanks for the great review. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Unwanted is certainly a wonderful character. Maybe he needs his own story.

  3. I wish I had kids in this age range to enjoy this book, but it's not unknown for me to purchase childrens books to read just for me! Sounds like a great book! :- )

  4. Wonderful review for a wonderful book.
    Way to GO, Kai.

    Margot’s Magic Carpet
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  5. Very nice review.

    The Weaver is a lovely book that kids should enjoy.

    Enjoy your tour, Kai.

  6. Ha! Katie, I'm sure no one here will tell. And after you are done reading it, you could donate it to a local Elem or MS library No one would ever know! ;-)

    Thanks Margot and Beverly for the kind words.