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Although the entire novel is well written, McKinley's characterization of Rosie's animal friends is exceptionally fine. Observations such as "...foxes generally wanted to talk about butterflies and grasses and weather for a long time while they sized you up," will spark reader's imaginations. It won't be hard to persuade readers of any age to become lost in this marvelous tale; the difficult part will be convincing them to come back from McKinley's country, where "the magic... was so thick and tenacious that it settled over the land like chalk dust...." Highly recommended. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Not quite as good as I expected. Hoping for a page-turner, but I can put this down for a week at a time. Disappointing, overall.Published 23 days ago by J. Baker
I can't remember the last book that I read where I spent just as much time squealing with giddy glee over the (sentient) animal characters as I did squealing over the people. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ellen
I thought this was a really creative retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story and despite it being a familiar story, it was really suspenseful and exciting at the end. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kelly C
Classic McKinley. Elegant, earthy at the same time. McKinley says more with fewer words than most are able. An absolutely beautiful tale .Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A retelling of Sleeping Beauty, following the fairy family that raised her. This is my seventh McKinely novel, and my favorite. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Juushika
I read this because I really like Robin McKinley's "Beauty". I liked this book, but not quite as much as "Beauty". Read morePublished 7 months ago by Teresa