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Mendelson, S.T.

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ISBN 10: 1556702132 / ISBN 13: 9781556702136
Published by NY: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, (1991), 1991
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Hard Cover. FINE in a FINE Dustjacket. First Edition, first printing. Illustrated by the author. 32 pages, cloth. Adaptation of a traditional Russian folk tale in which a stupid peasant manages to outwit the Tzar & marry his daughter. All characters as depicted in the lush full color paintings are white rabbits. Bookseller Inventory # 03478

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Publisher: NY: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, (1991)

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Relates how a Russian peasant known as Stupid Emilien manages to outwit the Czar and marry his daughter

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Grade 1-3-- Sumptuous illustrations, richly colored and as bejeweled as Faberge eggs, decorate this tale of a Russian peasant who wins the hand of the czar's daughter. Although the book appears on the surface to be an adaptation of the traditional story of the young fool who, because of his good heart and a gift of enchantment, wins riches and a royal marriage, this version lacks the homely lesson of innocence and virtue rewarded. Stupid Emilien is from the beginning possessed with wondrous powers, peasant though he appears, and by dint of his magic, transforms his village, mistreats the czar, creates castles in the air, and marries the czarevna. To be sure, he chooses simple village life over royal riches at the end, thereby proving that ``. . . Stupid Emilien was not so stupid'' after all, but readers will wonder if perhaps he will not choose to unleash his power one more time or, indeed, whether the royal princess will truly live happily ever after as a peasant wife. Mendelson portrays his characters as white rabbits, adding a surreal touch to the theatrical scenes of peasant village and royal palace. In sum, the book is a showcase of decorative art, barely concealing the slim foundation of a contrived tale. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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