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Fairytales Hardcover – August 4, 1987
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From Publishers Weekly
An ordinary title masks this stellar collection, with exquisite paintings. Tales from six countries have familiar fairy-tale elements but aren't as well known as those in other books. In France's "The Magic Thread," a daydreamer has the ability to pull a thread and hurry through the bad episodes in his life, but finds himself gray before his time. Italy's "The Seven Doves" is about a girl who literally stops the old woman Time in her tracks. England's "Cap O'Reeds" conjures up the same dramatic themes of King Lear, and a princess in Germany's "King Turnip Counter" outwits a dwarf king and ruins his reputation with mortals. There are also tales from Spain and the U.S.S.R. Ustinov's classical paintings, swept in light and shadow, fancifully combine realistic and enchanted elements of the stories; the lovely winding borders, valiant steeds, members of court with ivory complexions and medieval dress and children frollicking on a lawn bring immediacy to these scenes from the land of the imagination. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5 The most familiar of these six Eu ropean stories are the English ``Cap O'Reeds'' (better known as ``Cap-o'- Rushes'') and an elaborate rendition of the Spanish ``The Three Oranges.'' Some standard motifs occur in the others. Origi nally published in German, the text reads with a more literary than oral cadence. Decidedly European in style, the full-page color paintings establish a sense of place in their sweeping landscapes or interior scenes; vignettes add details of character, costume, and action. There are no notes or sources given, and the translator is not identified. The illustrations outweigh the text, which is occasionally stiff and not particularly memorable. Karen Litton, Confederation Centre Public Library, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.