Cursed with bad luck, a courageous young girl sets out in search of adventure, her only protection a little jewel box that she is to open only when in danger of death.
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Grade 1-3 This original fairy tale mixes folk tale elements in a new way, although not always keeping to traditional patterns. Isabel dreams of adventure and leaves home with a bad luck cake from her mother and a magic jewel box that can save her from death from her father. She arrives at a large house where she and the master's son, John, fall in love against the wishes of John's father, who assigns Isabel two (not three) impossible tasks to perform. Three little men from the jewel box perform these tasks, and the lovers are married. But a servant girl finds the box and whisks the castle the little men have created far away. Isabel, like countless folk tale heroines before her, must go in search of her husband. With the aid of a mouse, a frog and a hawk she retrieves her castle and John. The illustrations, done mostly in pastels, browns and grays, are well matched to the text. They show Isabel as a doughty heroine (more so than she seems in the story) in her lavender jacket, fawn trousers and boots; the sleepy little men from the box are delightfully funny. That the lovers are attired in 19th-Century dress, while John's father and others are wearing garb from other centuries, should cause no concern in a fairy tale. But the text suffers from stylistic flaws that detract from an otherwise commendable effort, and the ending seems abrupt and careless. Taken as a whole, an acceptable story, but hardly in a class with similar folk tales. Ronald A. Van de Voorde, Graduate Library School, Univ . of Arizona, Tucson
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Between "once upon a time" and "they lived happily ever after," an intrepid girl undergoes challenging adventures with the help of a treasured family jewel box and its unusual contents. Ages 4-8.
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Book Description Penguin Publishing Group. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Appearance of only slight previous use. Cover and binding show a little wear. All pages are undamaged with potentially only a few, small markings. Bookseller Inventory # G0803707371I4N00
Book Description Puffin, 1990. Large Softcover. Book Condition: Good. Tall softcover. Sound & good copy, light to moderate shelf/reading wear. Bookseller Inventory # 836940n
Book Description Dial Books for Young Readers, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1990. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Margot Tomes (illustrator). First Edition. Softcover. Near fine condition. A young girl sets out for adventure and her father gives a little jewel box to take along - and tells her not to use it unless she needs it. It doesn't take long before she needs it!. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 019089
Book Description Dial Books for Young Readers, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1990. Oversized Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good-. Dust Jacket Condition: As issued No Jacket. Edition Unstated. Minor corner bumps and paperlifts at corners of front cover, a couple of minor handling creases, and other light shopwear. A beautiful little children's book(length not size). Book. Bookseller Inventory # 012956
Book Description Dial Books for Young Readers, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1990. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Tomes, Margot (illustrator). First Thus. Board of education stamp on inside front wrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 07541
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Book Description Dial Books for Young Readers, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1990. Pictorial Wrappers. Book Condition: Very Good-. Tomes, Margot (illustrator). First Edition. Light general wear. Bookseller Inventory # 04305