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Three Perfect Peaches: A French Folktale Hardcover – March, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (NY) (March 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531068722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531068724
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 10.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,527,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Abundant energy, breezy pacing and kid-pleasing "gross-out" humor mark this auspicious publishing debut of The Wild Washerwomen Storytellers (DeFelice is the author of Devil's Bridge, Weasel, etc.). And Trivas (Annie...Anya: A Month in Moscow) matches their high jinks perfectly-adding some of her own-with frolicsome, loosely rendered watercolors. In this appealing spin on a time-honored plot, a king promises his ailing daughter's hand in marriage to anyone who can grant her wish for three perfect peaches. The youngest of three brothers succeeds (an old woman turns his siblings' offerings into rabbit droppings and horse manure) and the princess is cured; the king hedges, however, demanding that the boy herd 100 rabbits into the palace. But the ingenious lad tricks the monarch into keeping his word and, in the process, into kissing a horse's behind. In addition to the pure fun of deflating the pompous, the story serves as a lighthearted reminder to be kind to all, no matter what their appearance. A fruitful merger of three peachy talents. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3?A sprightly adaptation of "Three May Peaches," a French folktale. The youngest of three brothers cures a princess's illness with three perfect peaches and wins her hand in marriage through courtesy, craft, and the help of a magic whistle. The retellers base their version on the same source that Eric Kimmel used for Three Sacks of Truth (Holiday, 1993), but the books are distinctly different while remaining true to the essence of the source. Peaches is earthier than Kimmel's version?after being rude to a mysterious old woman, the older brothers find their offerings of peaches transformed into rabbit droppings and horse manure; and when the king wants to buy the whistle, the clever hero makes the greedy man kiss his horse's behind as part of the bargain. These elements are in the original and are appropriate to the broad humor used throughout. The rhythm and pace of DeFelice and DeMarsh's narrative make it ideal for reading aloud, and it is embellished in a way that invites participation. Trivas's vibrant, fluid, cheery illustrations round out the text perfectly?they are done in glowing, jewel-like colors and are full of nifty humorous touches. (One minor quibble: the whistle is described as being silver, but it is depicted as golden). Buy this title even if your library already owns Three Sacks of Truth. Its warmth and exuberance will stay with readers and listeners for a long time.?Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the cleverest folktales I have read to my third grade class. It has all the elements to sustain a child's attention and make them laugh. Just when you think the story has ended, you are drawn in again.
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This book is so good, I read it to my husband. He thought I was being a little silly, reading him a picture book, but ended up really getting into it and laughing out loud at the climax. This book does contain "broad humor" so, although you could read it to a younger child, they wouldn't catch on to many of the subtleties. The message that you shouldn't be rude to people still comes through. I believe that taking fairy tales out of our modern curriculum has had the unintended effect of eliminating the teaching of values. The way your face widens to a smile when the simple country lad teaches the pompous king a richly deserved lesson is an indication that the resolution is satisfying and pleasing even to an adult. It just makes you feel good, like all is right with the world, and the message is universal - you get what you deserve. This book is an excellent addition to any elementary or middle school classroom, as well as your own home. Don't let your family miss this one!
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How can this book not still be in print? It's glorious! It is one of the funniest fairy tales I've ever read. There's a king kissing a horse's behind, a queen kissing a clever peasant boy, poop, good manners, a magic whistle, perfect peaches, a herd of rabbits, and more! It's magical and good humored. We've read this book a countless number of times. It is always funny and always makes us laugh. This book is one of my family's favorites and I'm so glad this is book is part of our family's collection.
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By Barbara Durand on January 18, 2015
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I read this book, as a read aloud volunteer, to a couple of third grade classes every year, They think it's hilarious, as do I. I bought a copy even though I usually check it out of our local library, because I stumbled on the fact that is out of print, and so it's only a matter of time before the library no longer has it, or it gets replaced by an "improved" version. Get it while you can, is my advice.
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