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Hansel and Gretel Hardcover – April 2, 2009
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The next night, when they had been abandoned in the forest it was so dark and scary to be out in the open under starry skies that Gretel began to cry. Hansel hugged and comforted her telling her not to worry. Of course the "pebbles Hansel had dropped glistened in the moonlight and the children followed them home." The stepmother was so mad she looked like she was going to pop any minute. The children were locked in the house and were unable to collect more pebbles. This time when they were taken into the forest they dropped bits of bread, only to have birds devour them. They came across a house "built entirely for bread with a roof made of cake and windows made of sugar." Very soon the children were captured by a wicked witch whose only plan was to fatten up poor Hansel and have a "tasty meal." Were they ever going to get out of this mess alive?
This "retold" story was very appealing, not so much for the story line, but rather the art work. The combination of bold painted strokes and collage melded together to create an endearing family group on the one hand and a wicked stepmother and an evil witch on the other.Read more ›
Isadora's artwork in this book is delightful. It's bright and abstract and full of the emotion of subtle brushstrokes. The story, for those who are interested in such things, follows the traditional one, which means that the evil step-mother conjoles the father into taking the children deep into the jungle where they are to be abandoned. And keeping with the ancient theme, the witch is shoved into the oven where she burns up.
I really liked that the author placed this traditional story in another setting. Her artwork is colorful and in an collage form that is very appealing.
I thought the story itself will work best for children that already know the story as there were little leaps in the narrative.
The artwork is so good and effective that adults ought to consider whether it's appropriate for very young children. I would not have read it to my children when they were toddlers nor preschoolers. They enjoyed it very much now that they are older. (**3.5 Stars**)
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Great representation of the original story, told in a slightly different way.Published 20 months ago by Jan K.