The Fairy Queen put her arms around Janet. "The well is magical," she said. "it is a window, and a passage between the mortal world and the world where fairies dwell." Holding Janet tightly, she slipped over the rim of the well and they disappeared into the water. While her mother sleeps, Janet wanders off and is beguiled by fairies, but even the delights of the fairy kingdom can't replace her own mother. This is the story of how Janet outwits the fairies, and how her mother holds fast despite the worst the fairies can do. When Janet turns into a snake, a bear, an eagle, a wolf, a toad, and a statue made of red-hot iron, mother love is put to its most difficult test. Masterful paintings by Manuel Boix have a depth and richness of detail that powerfully bring to life this beautifully atmospheric tale inspired by an ancient ballad.
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Grade 2-4-- Young Janet, lured away from her sleeping mother, slides down a forest well with the Fairy Queen into the fairy realm. After time passes, Janet longs for home, and tries to engineer her release. She first leaves clues for her mother, and then finds a way to instruct her to pull Janet away from the nocturnal forest Fairy Ride, and hold her tight through a series of shape-changes, ending with a figure of red-hot iron. This story of redemption through steadfast love has strong traditional antecedents, as in the ballad "Tamlin" or Howard Pyle's more recent King Stork (Little, 1986) . This tale is wordier and slower-paced, fattened out with details of home life, conversation, emblematic devices, and a tendency to overexplain. The stylized composition of the pictures freezes motion on the page. Together, the static quality of the figures, the rich color, and the use and placement of details produce a feeling of pageantry, particularly in the outdoor scenes, in keeping with the story's olden locus. The fixed feeling of the illustrations, while hinting at the mother's solid constancy, makes for curious dynamics when paired with episodes of dramatic change. --Karen Litton, London Public Libraries, Ontario, Canada
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Pu, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11067167885X
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX067167885X
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M067167885X