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The Four Gallant Sisters Hardcover – March 1, 1992

4.4 out of 5 stars 9 ratings

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Weaving together two tales by the Brothers Grimm, author Kimmel has created a feminist story with four satisfyingly strong female protagonists. Following their mother's death, each one sets off, disguised as a man, to learn a trade--"that way we can provide for ourselves and not be dependent on anyone." When they reconvene seven years later, they pool their newly acquired skills to battle a dragon and rescue the prince's bride and her four brothers. Kimmel's engrossing adaptation, while deftly told, is guilty of some reverse sexism: the queen mother perceives that the heroines are not men because men are not so tidy, clever or selfless. In the book's becoming design, each page's text is framed in a parchmentlike scroll; the illustrations, however, are less successful. Attempting to echo 16th-century European art, Yuditskaya's graceless work is weakened by rudimentary faces on posturing figures. Still, this well-intentioned book should be particularly appealing to girls. All ages.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-- Here's real reading pleasure. Kimmel takes an old tale, reworks it through the filter of contemporary consciousness, and couches his adaptation in the strong, direct language of a master storyteller. By changing the gender of the Grimms' ``The Four Artful Brothers,'' he creates a fresh and engaging tale without sacrificing the traditional structure and provides female characters who control their own destiny through hard work and intelligence and achieve a ``happily ever after'' ending. Four sisters set out to make their way in a man's world disguised as boys. Each apprentices herself to a teacher and returns with a master's skills and a magical gift appropriate to her calling. Taken into the King's service, the sisters use their collective knowledge and magic to rescue their monarch's betrothed and her four brothers. Readers will be captivated by the original and authentic characters. The dialogue is sharp and crackling with wit, flowing naturally off the tongue, making this a perfect choice for telling. Yuditskaya's illustrations flesh out the setting and characters in bright textured colors overlaid with the dusty gold of old vellum. Her figures are solid and believable--sturdy enough to undertake courageous action. Humorous and creative touches reward the discerning eye. A most satisfying selection. --Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Henry Holt & Co; 1st edition (March 1, 1992)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0805019014
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0805019018
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 7 - 9 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 640L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 2 - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.25 x 0.5 x 10.75 inches
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