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The Pirate Princess And Other Fairy Tales Hardcover – October 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 890L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590108557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590108553
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up–Philip has retold four fairy tales and three short parables attributed to Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav, a noted Hasidic Jewish scholar and teacher in the early 19th century. The stories, most of which contain elements of universal fairy tales, were told to his disciples, and most have references to the coming of the messiah and the redemption of the world. Stylized gouache paintings range in size from smaller vignettes to full page. The larger illustrations have a layered look that appears to result from the use of color upon color combined with areas of stamped design. Contrasting colors and floating or juxtaposed segments evoke images of Chagall paintings. Notes on each tale cover its origin, allegorical representations, and variations in detail. More compelling versions of two of these tales can be found in Howard Schwartzs Elijahs Violin and Other Jewish Fairy Tales (Oxford Univ., 1994) and in Uri Shulevitzs The Treasure (Farrar, 1979). Synagogue and Jewish day school libraries may want to have Philips collection on hand.–Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Gr. 4-6. This handsome, large-format volume contains seven fairy tales adapted from the stories written by seventeenth-century Hasidic rabbi Nahman ben Simha, whose recognition of the way traditional tales are constructed predates that of most folklorists. An informative four-page introduction discusses Nahman and his storytelling. The lively collection of varied tales begins with the story of a princess who turns pirate to escape unwanted suitors and rejoin the man she loves. Several of the other stories share elements of adventure, true love, promises, quests, and fortune. The most memorable is "The Turkey Prince," which has wit and wisdom in equal measure. Weber's many gouache paintings have the stylistic feeling of Chagall. From full-page scenes to small vignettes, they capture the wit, drama, and occasional comedy of the tales. The book concludes with extensive notes, in which Philip discusses the origins and meanings of the stories as well as his reasoning when changing the original text. The bibliography that follows is divided into three parts: Rabbi Nahman, Jewish mysticism and folklore, and general folklore. A lively, appealing collection. Carolyn Phelan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Porter on March 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up at the library on a whim, since my family is starting to focus more on classics but I like to work outside the traditional Christian/Western cannon as regularly as possible. My 6 and 8 year old girls have enjoyed this immensely. The Merchant and the Poor Man was a little long for my little one, but the other stories are all short and the characters are great. I especially love the independence, daring and wit of some of the female characters. This book is a refreshing departure from the brothers Grimm. All in all wonderful stories for my girls and exposure to the Jewish culture which unfortunately isn't that common in our community.
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This is a wonderful collection of stories with beautiful illustrations. It is one of the few books of folktales that seem equally suited to boys and girls -- with daring tales of female pirates (!) alongside princes and wisemen. While the stories are geared for older kids, even kids 5+ will enjoy hearing them. I can't give this book a higher recommendation.
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By Lady Dragoness on October 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The characters of these seven fairy tales by Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav are dreamers, darers, doers, questers, finders, keepers, sages, seekers. Their stories will remind you of every fairy tale you've ever known, though they are like none you've ever read before: fascinating adventures folded with deep spiritual meaning, vividly rendered by storyteller Neil Philip and illustrated by artist Mark Weber.*

These little-known stories will appeal to the young and young-at-heart of all ages from the read-to-me set all the way up to adults who enjoy a flight of fancy from time to time. The book is generously illustrated, with color pictures on nearly every page; in fact, some pictures take an entire page all to themselves, yet care was taken to see that the pictures enhance the stories.

The typeface is large and easy to read, with generous spacing between the lines of text. In all, this is a quality production that would be a wonderful gift for the children on your Christmas giving list, perhaps even one that will be cherished by the whole family.

This review has been simultaneously published on Amazon.com, Dragonviews, LibraryThing and YABooksCentral

*Book description taken from front flap and copyright of same belongs to author of book.
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