A wicked queen casts a spell over her beautiful stepdaughter, turning her into a loathsome dragon until such time as her wandering brother shall return and kiss her three times.
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David Wiesner's interest in visual storytelling dates back to high school days when he made silent movies and drew wordless comic books. Born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. While a student, he created a painting nine feet long, which he now recognizes as the genesis of Free Fall, his first book of his own authorship, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal in 1989. David won his first Caldecott Medal in 1992 for Tuesday, and he has gone on to win twice more: in 2002 for The Three Pigs and in 2007 for Flotsam. He is only the second person in the award's history to win the Caldecott Medal three times. David and his wife, Kim Kahng, and their two children live near Philadelphia, where he devotes full time to illustration and she pursues her career as a surgeon.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 6 Jealous of her lovely step daughter, the new Queen of Bambor ough Castle changes Margaret into a loathsome dragon until Childe Wynd, her brother who is traveling the world, returns and kisses her three times. Thus begins this ``little known English fairy tale.'' While the retelling is not distin guished, it follows traditional patterns and rhythms and is written in a form simple enough for young children to fol low and enjoy. The illustrations are del icate, misty, and enchanting, extending and harmonizing with the traditional motifs of this fairy tale. The dragon is pictured with softly rounded contours so that the imagination can believe that Princess Margaret lies beneath its green scales and sad blue eyes. The portrait of the queen, shriveled into a Loath some Toad, with robes and full head of red hair still flowing about her, will bring delight to justice-minded chil dren. This fairy tale picture book will be welcomed by storytellers and by those who enjoy reading aloud and sharing handsome illustrations with young listeners. Both the quality of the illustrations and the fact that this tale will be new to most readers make The Loathsome Dragon a good addition to any collection of ``retold'' folktales. Constance A. Mellon, Department of Library & Information Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.
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Book Description Putnam Juvenile, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0399214070
Book Description G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. David Wiesner (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0399214070
Book Description G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110399214070
Book Description G. P. Putnam's Sons. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0399214070 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1074836