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Gr. 3-5. Exquisite drawings by Bulgarian artist Ghiuselev illustrate this new edition of Ruskin's classic fairy tale. Hans lives with his two greedy brothers, who exploit the land and people of Treasure Valley for their own gain. Through his kindness and courage, Hans gains the favor of the magical King of the Golden River. In a series of fine, softly shaded drawings, some warmed with subtle touches of color, Ghiuselev captures the tone as well as the sense of the story. The volume closes with a page devoted to Ruskin. A well-designed and very handsome edition of the timeless tale. Carolyn Phelan
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James Still s award-winning plays have been produced at theaters throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. He is the recipient of the New Voices in American Theatre award from the William Inge Festival, The Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award for Distinguished Body of Work, and two-time recipient of TGC/Pew Charitable Trust National Theatre Artist Grant with the Indian Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis where he is the Playwright-in-Residence. Mr. Still grew up on a tiny town in Kansas and now lives in Santa Monica, CA where he also writes for television and film.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466220902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466220904
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,127,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By N. C. Derham on March 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
I must have read this book when I was 7 or 8. When my familiy moved, I searched in vain for the book to re-read, but it must have been lost in the move. I discovered it on a friend's shelf a few weeks ago, and re-read it. What joy! I always thought of this as the story where a bad guy steals Holy Water, but it is much more than this. The young hero has two dreadful brothers. He takes their abuse, and repays them with kindness, rescuing them from their own greed. Ruskin's descriptions of the country side are dramatic and vivid. One warning: Some might be disturbed by the references to the brothers' drunken behavior.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1998
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Gluck is cast as the "poor younger child" of two abusive older brothers. They are all presented with a quest to find the source of the local river, and though the two older brothers fail, the younger brother suceeds because he is pure of heart. It's very classic, metaphorical and I highly recommend it, as it was a fave of mine as a child. I was glad to see it's still in print. Austrian.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward F. Weber on December 23, 2012
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Years ago I was a Scoutmaster for 13 years. I would have loved to have known this story back then to tell around the campfire. - - - Three brothers live in a mythical valley where they have a vista of a gorgeous waterfall pouring out of the mountains. The afternoon turns the waterfall to a golden blaze, hence the name Golden River. The two older brothers are very mean and bully the youngest of them and make him do the chores. They are angered to find that one night while they are gone the younger brother gives shelter to a stranger. Arriving back home they throw him out in spite of his warning that he is the West Wind and will return just one time. His return is in the form of a gale force wind that destroys their house. Not only that but the West Wind stops the rainfall into the valley; the farm dries up; the three brothers move to the city. They use some gold that they have to become goldsmiths but spend the profits instead of using some to buy more gold for smithing. The younger brother treasures a gold mug with a face imprinted on it. They tear it away from him and toss it into the kettle to be melted down. Then they leave. The youngest brother hears a voice from the kettle and realizes that it comes from the face that was on the mug. He is asking to be fished out. When the brother does this, the gold face becomes a head and body and sprouts arms and legs and struts about as a dwarf. This is the King of the Golden River. As a reward for the boy's kindnesses he tells the boy the secret of how to turn the river to gold to make himself rich.- - That's all I will divulge. - - There is a moral, of course. This tale is short and delightful; written as present for the young girl who later becomes his wife.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard and Liz TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 8, 2014
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Meet the Black brothers: Schwartz, Hans and Gluck. In some ways this story is a little like Cinderella in that Schwartz and Hans are mean spirited towards Gluck. It differs in that Gluck does not get swept away by a beautiful princess at the end!

The three brothers owned and lived in Treasure Valley, a very fertile land where they farmed and farmed well thus becoming very rich. One evening, when his two brothers had gone out, Gluck mused about how they never invited anyone to dinner. In fact they had told Gluck to not let anyone in and he knew he would be in trouble if he did so. Just then he heard a knock on the door. Who was there? An extraordinary little man! Upon inviting him in, it was not long before Gluck's brothers came home. They were not happy to see the man and refused to feed him even though he asked. The gentleman promised to return? Who was he? What "mischief" did he impose upon the brothers?

In ruin, the brothers turned to a new business. Would they learn their lesson this time? Alas no but you'll have to read the story to find out what happened to them and how life turned out for Gluck.

This is a relatively short book (5 chapters) but one our kids loved. They were eager to keep reading to see how it ended. Some great lessons to be learned here. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 1, 2012
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The brothers Schwartz and Hans seem to have it all - a rich valley in the mountains that provides for them handsomely. But, instead of being happy and generous, the brothers are mean and miserly. And when they mistreat Southwest Wind, Esquire, his curse brings about their downfall. They have a younger brother, Gluck, who is everything that his brothers aren't, and his goodness definitely brings its own rewards.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) was an English Renaissance Man, who was highly influential in the Victorian era. This book was his only work of fiction, but it is quite good, with a charming story and a firm morality. Also, part of what makes this book interesting is that it was influential on later writers of Fantasy literature, making this something of a pioneering work in the genre.

I highly recommend this book. It's definitely one that should be read by the young, and the young-at-heart!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ram Viswanathan on June 9, 2014
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I have read this from time to time, from childhood to adulthood. It has never failed to delight and thrill. What is charming for a child is equally wonderful to an adult, provided he has kept the fires of childhood still burning in his aging heart. I have narrated this story to my grand children. They have been inspired by the noble example of Gluck, so beautifully embedded in the story. I am sure this tale will never fail to resonate in the hearts of kindred souls.
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