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The Seven Ravens

Wilhelm K. Grimm Jacob W.; Grimm

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ISBN 10: 090723447X / ISBN 13: 9780907234470
Published by Neugebauer Press, 1985
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: The Seven Ravens

Publisher: Neugebauer Press

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Book by Jacob W.; Grimm, Wilhelm K. Grimm

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Fairy-tale purists may prefer the direct translation of the Grimms' text by Elizabeth Crawford, illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger (Picture Book Studio, 1991), but nothing is lost in this adaptation. In fact, much is gained. The original story of the father's curse that transforms his seven sons into ravens and the subsequent journey by their sister to rescue them begins with an emphasis on the father. Geringer concentrates on the girl and her thoughts, thus strengthening the bond between young readers and the protagonist. Her journey to the sun, the moon, and the stars is foreshadowed by another addition-her discovery of the seven little shirts embroidered with the heavenly bodies. They serve as both the catalyst for the revelation of the horrible family secret and as the source of transformation for the unfortunate boys. The sun, moon and stars are personified as a boy, goat, and dwarf, respectively. Their conversations with the child are lengthier than in the original version. The detail of the girl chopping off her finger to gain entry to the raven's home has been eliminated; emphasis has been placed instead on "the psychological sacrifice of growing up in a household that harbored so dark and shadowy a secret." The total effect is a tale that resounds with the range and depth of familial emotions. The story is rich in visual and verbal imagery and symbol, making this a good choice for discussion. Gazsi paints the human characters in a very realistic manner, outlining them in black so they are distinguished further from the settings, which are almost cartoonlike. He employs a range of moods and uses light and darkness effectively. Subtle details await discovery, e.g., the rough, folksy look of the family's wooden table and chairs invites comparison with the icy blue forms of the ravens' Glass Mountain counterparts. A skillful retelling, with notes on sources and changes.
Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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