- Category: Ages 8-12, Ages 13+, Worldwide Books
As he watches his homeland of Hungary being taken over and run by invaders from Nazi Germany, young Prince Michael of Chestry strives to retain his identity and integrity during one of the most dangerous seasons in human history.
Michael carries an acorn all the way from his castle home in Chestry Valley to the warm soil of the Hudson Valley farm in the USA where he makes a new home after WWII.
It is difficult to decide which are the most unforgettable; the scenes in Hungary, Michael’s proud, valiant father and his beloved Nana, or the friendly young GI and his family who take Michael to their hearts and make him their own. Perhaps the most compelling character of all is Midnight, the dancing black stallion, full of fire and beauty, and trained to perform before princes. Kate Seredy’s drawings make this a book to treasure.
A masterpiece of childhood literature.
—Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The prose is perfect: vivid and often poetic. —National Review
…a modern fairy tale of Hungary. —Kirkus Reviews
Kate Seredy’s fine illustrations help to link Hungary and America in this story of young Prince Michael whose changing fortunes brought him at last to the warmth of an American home.
Occasionally something precious is lost for a while only to be rediscovered and become appreciated all over again. Perhaps never is this more true than with the story Chestry Oak. Originally published in 1948, it is a beautifully told story of a boy who begins with a happy childhood, overcomes peril, and finishes strong. Chestry Oak is a book with all-too-rare and wonderful values that has been cherished by readers for generations. Long out of print, today’s readers can once again enjoy the delightful story of Chestry Oak, thanks to Purple House Press.
—Jane Claire Lambert, author of Five In A Row