Lost in the Fjord is a century old children s adventure tale with a message for the ages The story follows the adventures of Nonni and Manni, Icelandic brothers, whose disobedience leads them on an unexpected adventure Parents and adults will appreciate the quaint tale s message of love, forgiveness, and, compassion, and faith.In 1914, Jon Sveinsson was Iceland s only Jesuit when he penned Lost in the Fjord The original tales were titled Nonni und Manni were written in German, and quickly became extremely popular in German speaking countries The bestsellers have now been published in 40 languages, including this 2013 English translation.The book is written from 11 year old Nonni s viewpoint When a flute playing relative, Arngrim, stops for a short overnight visit to Nonni s family s home, Nonni begs to learn to play the instrument While teaching the young boy to play, Arngrim tells Nonni that the flute is a magical instrument with the power to attract rats, snakes, and even fish Nonni desires to play the magic flute to lure fish into his boat.The adventure begins when Nonni and Manni venture out in their small boat for a day of fishing and flute playing Despite warnings from both his mother and a neighbor to stay in the harbor, Nonni decides they need to row out further to a quiet spot to lure the fish As the fog rolls in, a storm throws the boys off course and they are lost in the fjord Facing whales, a leaking boat, extreme cold, and hunger, Nonni and Manni find strength in their faith in God to help them overcome these obstacles.I found Lost in the Fjord to be a quaint tale with an inspirational, timeless message of compassion, forgiveness, and love The story would appeal best to Christian families with pre adolescent children I could see this book on a shelf wedged between Aesop s Fables and the Little House series I read the book aloud to my youngest homeschooled children who unfortunately were not as mesmerized as I They found the illustrations bland, the cover art forgettable, and the story predictable They could predict the outcome of each chapter almost immediately, by just reading the chapter title Nevertheless, Lost in the Fjord is an appealing character building story for the ages And, despite my children s dislike of the cover art, I found it delightfully refreshing in its simplicity.Unfortunately, there were some editing problems within the pages of this edition The most consistent error was the placement of commas outside of the quotation marks, causing floating commas This was distracting to me, but might not be an issue for others. Nonni and his younger brother Manni are Icelandic boys who live in the charming town of Akureyri which sits by the Eyjafj r ur Fjord in northern Iceland Nonni is curious about many things yet forgetful of his parents warnings, while Manni is quite innocent and pure of heart and loyal toward Nonni Thinking he can lure the fish out of the sea with his magic flute playing Nonni, with trusting Manni at his side, sets out upon the Eyjafj r ur Fjord in a small row boat in order to try Great adventures follow in this classic and true story of virtue and vocation Written by Iceland s first Jesuit priest this book features an extensive About the Author section Pacific Book Review s Best Children s Book ofOriginal cover art and illustrations Published in large print cop Lost in the Fjord by the Icelandic author J n Sveinsson nicknamed Nonni is a very charming story which has not lost its thrill although it was written 100 years ago I suppose it is a true story experienced by Nonni and his younger brother Manni in the year 1869 shortly before Nonni left Iceland for ever My conviction is based on the fact that both boys did stick to their vow to become missionaries if the Good Lord saved them from drowning which HE did The future of Nonni and Manni is described in the book How Nonni found Happiness which unfortunately has not yet been published I hope the publisher will do that soon Lost in the Fjord is not only thrilling but also a fine example of brotherly love and a strong faith in God The book can be highly recommended for homeschooling, but it is also attractive for adults Children s books have often a greater meaning for grown ups Lost in the Fjord definitely has such an appeal, I think I also think that the cover art and the illustrations are attractive.There are, however, some drawbacks that should be corrected in a further edition 1 I found the printing format distracting Could there not have been paragraphs and why did there have to be two lines skipped in between the preceeding line Was it to make it of book size rather than a long shortstory Why not publish several stories to make up a book rather than just one 2 The author was a Jesuit At the end of the book there is a description About the Author Why not at least have a sentence as to when he was ordained to the priesthood and in what capacity did he serve All that having been said, the translator and the publisher are certainly to be commended for such a fine undertaking Congratulations and best wishes.I am writing this review on behalf of my good friend Martha Jane living on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina, who does not use a computer.Bill Brenner in Goose Creek, S.C., whom I had sent a copy of Lost in the Fjord made the following interesting comments asking me to send them to you I find the book excellent and I feel that the book cover is nice The illustrations are not bad either, except the one covering the war ships Jon writes about the loud engine sound but, ships with large sails do not have engines and propellers But, children might not notice thatMy overall comments are It is definitely a very interesting story.Some of the wording used in the text are somewhat strange to me, though But, no person thinks as the other I think the publisher should insert a footnote explaining that in those days war ships did in fact have engines AND sails That would prove the story s historic correctness. See my review of the German edition, Nonni und Manni Zwei isl ndische Knaben The epilogue is poorly translated in that the English version fails to identify the Catholic Church as the Mother Church of Christianity, in possession of the full truth It is a small wonder that the two boys eventually joined that faith.