"Teachers of fairy-tale units will love the subtle teaching of newspaper content and layout. A must for every fairy-tale collection." - Kirkus Reviews"Through articles, opinion pieces, and even sports and international pages, several issues of the Hidden Forest News provide the scoop on Jack and the Beanstalk and report on an Italian toymaker who has gone missing while searching for his puppet/son and a race between a hare and a tortoise." - From School Library Journal"As with the previous books, the fun is in following familiar characters as they interact with one another and play out their well-known roles." - Horn Book
"Extra! Extra! By Alma Flor Ada (Atheneum, ages five to eight) gives all the scoops on fairy tale news as presented in the newspaper." - Nugget
"Extra! Extra! Read all about it. Lots of interesting stories in these newspapers!" - Booktalks
From the Author
ublishing a book is always a long process, but sometimes it can be a VERY long process. That was the case of my latest book: Extra! Extra! Fairy-Tale News from Hidden Forest. Due to a series of mishaps, it took 9 long years to go from a manuscript to a book. But, now rejoicing in the great art of Leslie Tryon, it was worth the wait. This is a book I have gotten to like and love more each day...because it was born out of my love for newspaper -granddaughter of two newspaper men that I am- and because I believe that while fun and entertainment it will give children an opportunity to see two sides of an argument, and also to learn to read critically. When a giant beanstalk appears in Hidden Forest the town gets divided between those who feel that anything different is a menace that should be eliminated, and want to chop down the beanstalk immediately, and those who propose that there may be richness in diversity...
You can read Leslie Tryon's reflections about the creation of the Hidden Forest series in the chapter she wrote for Alma Flor Ada and You, volume II
published by Libraries Unlimited in the series The Author and You.