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The Faithful Friend

byRobert D. San SouciIllustratorBrian Pinkney

Picture Books | March 31, 1995

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A friendship is tested by love and magic in this beautiful retelling of a traditional tale from the French West Indies.

On the lush tropical island of Martinique live Clement and Hippolyte, two inseparable friends. When Clement falls in love with the beautiful Pauline, Hippolyte agrees to join his best friend on his journey to propose marriage. But when Pauline accepts Clement’s proposal, it enrages her uncle Monsieur Zabocat—reputed to be a quimboiseur, a wizard. To prevent the wedding, the old wizard lures Hippolyte into a deadly trap, forcing him to choose between his friend’s safety and his own.
Robert D. San Souci and Brian Pinkney combine their talents in this beautiful retelling of a traditional tale from the French West Indies. The result is an extraordinary story of romance, intrigue, and incomparable courage in which the truest of friends remain faithful to the very end.
Title:The Faithful FriendFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 10.5 × 9.75 × 0.3 inPublished:March 31, 1995Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0027861317

ISBN - 13:9780027861310

Appropriate for ages: 5


From Our Editors

Award-winning storyteller Robert D. San Souci revives a popular old Euro-Caribbean folktale in this gorgeous picture book, vibrantly illustrated in a breathtaking scratchboard-and-oil technique by Brian Pinkney. The French Hippolyte and the West Indian Clement are two boys raised as brothers on the island of Martinique. When Clement falls in love with the beautiful Pauline, he convinces his more cautious friend to accompany him on his courting mission. Although Pauline's the ward of the rumoured wizard Monsieur Zabocat, he allows her to leave with Clement and they return, happily, to the plantation. But in the night, Hippolyte spies three zombies creating spells to kill his friends and turn anyone to stone who hears the curse! Three times Hippolyte saves the pair, then the fateful marriage ceremony takes place and a twist puts the faithful one in terrible danger. Rich with dark magic and folklore, The Faithful Friend introduces such traditional elements as the grateful dead, the wicked guardian and the three witches, or "zombies."