A Weave of Words
Written by Robert D. San Souci
Illustrated by Raul Colon
Orchard Books, New York, NY, 1998
Anait's quick wit and easy laugh melt the heart of Prince Vachagan. Illiterate
himself, he is impressed with her weaving and writing talent. He confidently
asks her to marry him, certain that such a woman would welcome a future king
as her husband. But Anait expects more--proof that the Prince has learned to
read and write and master a trade.
to win her love, the prince learns to read and write and weave, inspired by
the talent of his beloved. In return,
Anait learns to ride and
use a sword. They marry and, not long after, rule the kingdom as king and
When trouble appears in the east, King Vachagan goes to investigate,
disguised as a hunter. He is lured into a cave and then captured by a dev, a
terrible ogre with three heads. He avoids immediate death by appealing to
the dev's greed and then uses his own trickery to notify Anait of
his capture. Anait then employs her own newfound talent in a dramatic rescue
of the king.
Robert D. San Souci's version of this Armenian folktale gives
emphasis to the importance of expanding and developing one's talents. Raul
are done on watercolor paper and combine watercolor washes, etching, and
the use of colored pencils and litho pencils. The result is a glowing, textured
feel that emphasizes the drama of the story.