Three Golden Keys
Full-color pictures by the
All ages / 64 pages
Frances Foster Books
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
New York Times
Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the
man in a hot-air balloon, blown off course in
a violent storm, lands in the city of his youth.
He finds the way to his old home, but the house
is dark, with three rusty padlocks on the door.
A black cat with eyes of fire appears and leads
him through Prague's silent streets in search
of the three golden keys that will unlock the
door to his past.
this reissue of one of his most personal works,
Peter Sís recaptures the wonder of his
own lost childhood in Prague and celebrates
the city's cultural heritage, reborn after forty-five
years of Communist rule. "With his stunning
artwork and resonant, enigmatic prose, Sís
. . . fashions an entrancing, mystical allegory
about the complicated history of his native
Prague . . . A treasure." --Publishers
Weekly, starred reviews
"The fairy-tale capital
[Prague] has found its artist in Peter Sís.
His brilliant homage to his hometown is at once
charming and grave, filled with countless nuances
and details that only a loving eye will notice."
--The New York Times Book Review
one can see memory, of course, but if we could,
I suspect it would be as magical and mesmerizing
as the images of Prague which . . . Peter Sís
has created . . . The late Jacqueline Kennedy
Onassis, who edited this book shortly before
her death, called Sís 'a genius.'
Few who see this book will disagree."
-- Los Angeles Times Book Review
his stunning artwork and resonant enigmatic
prose, Sís fashions an entrancing, mystical
allegory . . . A treasure." -- Publishers
Weekly, starred review
astonishingly multilayered labyrinth of history,
mischief, beauty, and personal memory . . .
this [is] picture book as history lesson, travelogue,
and memoir." --Hungry Mind Review
pictures are haunting, reminiscent by turns
of Piranesi, Ernst and other masters of the
slightly bizarre." --The Washington
Post Book World
fine-line drawings, with subtle washes . . .
A highly original and personal picture book."
work that is subtle and emotionally powerful."
-- Entertainment Weekly
contain marvelous surprises." --USA
journey that is multilayered with images, memories,
and pictures . . . with visual and textual subtleties
interconnecting with cultural and historical
ties." --School Library Journal
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