An adaptation of the classic fairy tale of the miller's daughter who became a queen with the help of Rumpelstiltskin, who spun her straw into gold. At various points in the text the reader is asked to state what is missing from the picture.
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There is usually room on library shelves for yet another version of familiar folktales, but the new twist here just doesn't work. Periodically, an object or character is left out of an illustration, and the text asks, "What's missing from this picture?" The following page shows four choices that often border on the absurd or are just plain silly. These activities do nothing for the story, for they are artificial and arbitrarily placed. Children who are familiar with the tales will most often be sophisticated enough to forgo the question-and-answer sessions and those who are not familiar with the tales will not be well served by the interruptions. In The Elves . . ., Cushman shows the shoemaker and his wife as bears (the illustrations are rather uninspired), and the customers as other animals. The tiny elves are mice. In a moralistic touch, the shoemaker and his wife are said to have "shared their good fortune with those who were needy." Goldilocks . . . has wonderful illustrations. The bears are comfortable, homey creatures and Goldilocks is a mischievous little girl with long crinkle-curled hair. The main characters in Rumpelstiltskin are sheep, while Rumpelstiltskin is an ugly brown toad. In this version of The Three Little Pigs , the first two pigs escape and end up at the third pig's house. With the contrived breaks in the stories, these books are only marginally useful. It's better to buy another copy of the classic retellings illustrated by such artists as Paul Galdone, James Marshall, Margot Zemach, Paul Zelinsky, Eric Blegvad, Lorinda Bryan Cauley, Janet Stevens, and others. --Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, IA
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Book Description Modern Curriculum Press. Unknown Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. Light wear to edges and pages. Cover and spine show no easily noticeable damage. Bookseller Inventory # G0813634083I4N00