Lynn Plourde

kids book author ~ teaching author

The First Feud
Between the Mountain and the Sea

by Lynn Plourde
Illustrated by Jim Sollers
Down East Books, 2003

Long ago, before people
lived in the North Land and
began their own fighting,
there was the first feud . . .

between the mountain and the sea.

Katahdin claimed,
“I am the greatest mountain,
the most beautiful place in the North Land.”
And, indeed, it was beautiful,
with its majestic icy-white peak
like diamonds stacked to the sky.

The Atlantic Ocean claimed,
“I am the most beautiful place in the North.”
And indeed, it was beautiful,
with its shimmery swells
like an endless sea of emeralds.

In this original fable, the mighty mountain Katahdin and the powerful Atlantic Ocean have a fight over who is the most beautiful. Their weapons are thunderstorms and waves, blizzards and hurricanes–weapons so powerful that all the land between them is destroyed. In the end, they regret their feud. But can they find a way to heal all they have destroyed?

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