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The Swan Maiden

Howard Pyle, Ellin Greene, Robert G. Sauber (Illustrator)

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ISBN 10: 0823410889 / ISBN 13: 9780823410880
Published by Holiday House, 1994
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Title: The Swan Maiden

Publisher: Holiday House

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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When the king's son is about to shoot the swan that has been stealing golden pears, it suddenly changes into a princess and leads him on an adventure involving a witch with three eyes, impossible tasks, and marriage.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3?A fairy tale that resounds with familiar motifs. The youngest of three princes eludes the enchantment that overcomes his brothers and discovers the thief of the king's golden pears?a beautiful maiden bewitched in the body of a swan. Falling in love at first sight, the prince flies off on her back to confront a three-eyed witch and perform three "impossible" tasks (with the maiden's help), releasing her from the spell. Greene's retelling varies only minimally from the original. However, Sauber's paintings have a cigar-box sentimentality, are murky in color, awkward in form, and wanting in imagination. Where Pyle's maiden sits powerfully astride the pear tree's trunk, her white gown billowing around her, Sauber's beams giddily down from the tree top, looking for all the world like a Victorian saloon painting. Text and illustrations neither add nor pay homage to Pyle's version. As he was, indeed, "one of America's foremost writers and illustrators for children," and as the tale is still available in The Wonder Clock (Peter Smith, 1966), this current interpretation seems misguided and superfluous.?Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY
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