Eric A. Kimmel Bearhead: A Russian Folktale

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Bearhead: A Russian Folktale

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9780823413027: Bearhead: A Russian Folktale

Bearhead succeeds in outwitting the witch Madame Hexaba and a frog-headed goblin.

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About the Author:

Eric A. Kimmel has written, retold, and adapted a number of stories from around the world, including two other Anansi titles, "Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock" and "Anansi Goes Fishing". The Anansi Tales are originally from West Africa but are also familiar in Caribbean culture, where Anansi is a beloved folklore character. Professor of Education at Portland State University, Dr. Kimmel and his wife, Doris, live in Portland, Oregon. www.ericakimmel.com.

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Kimmel states that he has adapted ``Ivanko the Bear's Son'' by giving the protagonist a bear's head on a man's body rather than the reverse, and by having him outwit a witch instead of his stepfather. Obviously, these changes substantially alter the story's inner meaning,but Kimmel's version is an amusing tale of an apparent bumbler who repeatedly triumphs by taking instructions literally. Bearhead takes his father's place when he's summoned to be the witch's servant, soon so discombobulating her household (e.g., when she asks him to clear the table, he throws it out the window) that she tries to get rid of him by sending him off to a goblin; a clever ruse saves him and results in vast wealth. Mikolaycak's beautiful illustrations are notable for their skillful, dramatic compositions; firmly enclosed on three sides, they open on a fourth to allow a pleasing accommodation of the text--an innovative, very satisfactory design. Enriched by old-world Russian detail, they depict a sturdy, charming hero, an intriguing frog/sea-monster goblin who's more debonair than appalling, and an oddly vulnerable- looking witch. A satisfying story in a handsome setting. (Picture book. 4-10) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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