Nine classic fairy tales are enhanced by Carol Lawson's ten coloured plates. The fairy tales included are: "Hansel and Gretel", "Cinderella", "Snow White", "The Frog Prince", "Little Red Riding Hood", "Goldilocks", "Rapunzel", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Snow White and Rose Red".
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
PreSchool-Grade 2-A collection of nine well-known tales, including "Sleeping Beauty," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," and "Hansel and Gretel." Unfortunately, Cresswell doesn't do them justice. The retellings are awkward, overwritten, and unsuitable for reading aloud. Cinderella "patiently worked and shivered and half-starved without saying a single word of complaint to anyone." Some of the stories have been sanitized or include unfamiliar elements. Readers won't find a helpful woodsman and his trusty ax rescuing this Little Red Riding Hood. Here, a fairy, disguised as a wasp and aided by the Green Archer, does in the Big Bad Wolf. The flower-laden illustrations range from too sweet to downright saccharine. All of the maidens resemble one another-Cinderella looks like Goldilock's big sister. All in all, this effort lacks the punch and vitality of well-written folklore, and emphasizes the sentimental idealism of "once upon a time" and "they lived happily ever after." Considering the many high-quality collections available, this one won't be missed.
Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
In well-crafted retellings, Cresswell streamlines nine traditional favorites, omitting some repetitions (Cinderella goes to just one ball), restructuring to create different storytelling cadences (Goldilocks eats the porridge after the chair breaks), and toning down the violence (the Frog Prince isn't thrown at the wall; the wolf eats neither Grandmother nor Red Riding Hood, though he's killed with an arrow). Commendably, she treats both the stories and the sensibilities of little listeners without condescension. Each tale is given a full-page illustration plus appealingly scattered decorative spots (blossoms, a bag of gold, Snow-white and Rose-red's bear cuddled up with a lamb, Rapunzel's tower). Lawson's work with ornamental plates and figurines is apparent in the delicate precision of her paintings and the rather static and doll-like characters: Hansel and Gretel are too demure to elicit much sympathy. Still, the deft adaptations make good introductions to the familiar stories while the romantic art is sure to attract an adult seeking a gift book. (Folklore. 3-6) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Collins, 1994. Book Condition: Good. New Ed. N/A. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP89575748
Book Description Collins. Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2749083477
Book Description Collins. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Minimal damage to cover and binding. Pages show light use. Bookseller Inventory # G000664502XI3N00
Book Description Collins. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Book has some visible wear on the binding, cover, pages. Bookseller Inventory # G000664502XI3N00
Book Description Collins 06/10/1994, 1994. Book Condition: used-good. Will be shipped promptly from UK warehouse. Book is in good condition with no missing pages, no damage or soiling and tight spine. There may be some dog-eared pages showing previous use but overall a great book. Bookseller Inventory # 9053-9780006645023
Book Description Collins, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Classic Fairy Tales This book is in good or better condition. It has no tears to the pages and no pages will be missing from the book. The spine of the book is still in great condition and the front cover is generally unmarked. It has signs of previous use but overall is in really nice, tight condition. Shipping is normally same day from our UK warehouse. We offer a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Bookseller Inventory # 9053-9780006645023
Book Description Collins, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Classic Fairy Tales This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Bookseller Inventory # 7719-9780006645023
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # TT00957092B
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002994146
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002403388