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The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Other Tales From Grimm

Postma, Lidia

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ISBN 10: 080370237X / ISBN 13: 9780803702370
Published by Dial Books, New York, 1986
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Hardcover with dustjacket. 4to. First edition. Book is in fine condition, as is jacket; a tight, crisp copy. Contains fourteen stories from the Brothers Grimm, edited by Naomi Lewis. The more than 60 color illustrations by Lidia Postma add depth and beauty to the familiar stories. A bright, crisp copy. Price-clipped. In protective mylar. 100 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 14036

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Title: The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Other ...

Publisher: Dial Books, New York

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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A collection of fourteen fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, including "The Donkey," "The Mongoose," "Iron John," and "Jorinda and Joringel."

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Grade 2 Up A collection of 14 fairy tales, this book includes both well-known tales such as "Cinderella" and "Snow White" and lesser-known tales such as "The Nixie of the Mill Pond" and "Thousandfurs." The most outstanding feature of the collection is the stunning illustrations. Ranging from tiny pictures tucked into interesting corners to full-page illustrations, the delicate beauty, gentle coloring and excellent draftsmanship of Postma's work offers the potential to make this a volume to treasure. Less impressive, however, is the "adaptation" of the stories. The tales are unevenly worded, with run-on sentences, embedded questions and modern colloquialisms mixed freely with the lovely and timeless phrasing generally associated with the fairy tale. For example, in a 1940 translation of "The Golden Bird," this sentence is found: "With a heavy heart the Prince set out, but to his delight he soon met the faithful fox." Compare this wording with its parallel in this book: "The young prince was quite down in the dumps when he set out. How was he to find this beautiful girl? But there by the roadside was the helpful fox." One wonders why these tales have been "newly translated, then adapted" when excellent translations for many of the stories already existtranslations whose consistency and lofty beauty might have more fully matched the glorious illustrations which accompany them. Constance A. Mellon, Department of Library & Information Studies, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, N.C.
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