A Russian czar tells each of his three sons to shoot an arrow and wed the woman he finds where the arrow lands. Unfortunately for the youngest son, his arrow lands beside a very small, very ugly frog. Alas, his father is firm, and he marries the frog. Each night, the frog changes into a beautiful princess, but still he wonders: Will he ever have a flesh-and-blood human wife to call his own? Virginia Lee’s haunting illustrations and Antonia Barber’s elegant retelling transform a Russian folk story into an enchanting fairy tale classic.
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Antonia Barber's The Ghosts was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and filmed as The Amazing Mr Blunden. The Mousehole Cat was a finalist for the Smarties Prize, winner of the 1990 British Book Award and Commended for the 1991 Kate Greenaway Medal; it was later made into an animated film. In 1993 Tales from Grimm was selected for Child Education Best Collections of the Year. Virginia Lee is the daughter of the artist and film conceptual designer Alan Lee. She studied Art and Design at Exeter College and Illustration at Kingston University. She worked as a sculptor on the Minas Tirith set of Peter Jackson's film trilogy The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand and designed merchandise for the films. She lives in Brighton, East Sussex. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Antonia Barber's retelling of The Frog Bride and Sally Pomme Clayton's Persephone.Review:
This sumptuous version of a traditional Russian story holds within it fragments of other fairy tales familiar to American readers. A king tells his three sons each to shoot an arrow in the air "and seek your bride where the arrow falls." The youngest, Ivan, shoots his into the marshlands, where it lands near a "very small, very ugly frog." The queen puts three tasks to the frog and the two women the older boys find, and the frog performs them best. One night the prince sees her climb out of her froggy skin (the pictures of this are marvelous and entirely unrevealing) to do the work in beauteous human form. Hoping to fix her in human form, the prince burns the frog skin, but she flees instead to her grandmother Baba Yaga. Can Ivan win her back? Lee's oils in her picture-book debut are richly colored and finely designed, with swoops and curves and glorious patterns. The text is clear and rhythmic, and the images draw the eye again and again. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-9) --Kirkus Review
The gorgeous Arabian Nights - style pictures glow mysteriously as we follow the prince on his desperate mission to find and win his princess. There are lots of potential talking points in the pictures which could inspire some exciting art work. --Child Education Plus
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Book Description Frances Lincoln Children's Books, London, England, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Lee, Virginia (illustrator). 1st Edition. 1st edition/1st printing. Bookseller Inventory # 010200
Book Description Frances Lincoln Children's Boo, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111845074769
Book Description Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Virginia Lee (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M1845074769