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The Glass Mountain Hardcover – June, 1999

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From Publishers Weekly

Wolkstein's (Little Mouse's Painting) imaginative, easy-to-follow adaptation of a Grimm tale delivers a spunky heroine while remaining true to traditional fairytale hallmarks. When his only daughter reaches marriageable age, a king constructs a glass mountain and announces that the first man to climb it will win Princess Raina's hand. Many fail, and when a pleasant fellow named Jared puts himself forth, Raina decides to accompany him and try to help him. Alas, Raina falls through a crack into the musty underground lair of the troll-like Rinkrank. Wolkstein is at her best as she embroiders the episode of Raina's servitude to Rinkrank; she turns otherwise odd bits of the Grimm original (like Rinkrank's dubbing the princess "Mother Mansrot") into pivotal story elements, and she magnifies Raina's ingenuity and determination in fashioning an escape plan. Debut artist Bauer echoes the work of classic, early-20th-century children's illustrators in her use of color and pattern for the scenes of palace life, then comically exaggerates Rinkrank and his realm. Moving skillfully between scenes of action, suspense and pastoral beauty, she enriches and extends Wolkstein's text. Ages 5-up. (June)
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Kindergarten-Grade 4-In this adaptation of a lesser-known Grimms' tale, a princess climbs a glass mountain with her true love to help him win her hand. When Raina and Jared are almost at the top, she falls through a crack and into an underground cave, where she becomes the prisoner of an unpleasant little man. Old Rinkrank leaves every day to gather more gold for his buried hoard while Raina cleans his house and cooks his dinner. Eventually, she forgets who she is, but her memory begins to return when Old Rinkrank calls her "Mother Houserot." She tricks and traps the old man, escapes, and is reunited with her father and Jared. Later, Raina and her fianc? return to the underground house and dig up Old Rinkrank's hoard. Instead of using the treasure for their own "luxury and joy" as in the original tale, they use it to build a beautiful public garden. Wolkstein makes the story her own in other ways, fleshing it out with details and gearing it for modern sensibilities without diminishing it. The narrative demonstrates a precise balance of economy and detail, painting vivid images without resorting to florid description. Bauer's exuberant watercolor-and-gouache paintings flow with color and movement, wonderfully enhancing the story. The illustrations are packed with detail yet convey spaciousness, except, appropriately, in the gloomy, claustrophobic underground scenes. A polished effort that brings an old gem to light.
Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: AD670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Morrow Publishers (June 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688148476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688148478
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love that the "princess" is strong and take charge. She is a problem solver and rescues herself. The illustrations are colorful and not all about pink, lovely clothes and looking beautiful.
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I checked out this book from our public library as it was on my daughter's summer reading list from school (for 1st grade). Well, let me tell you she LOVED this story! She wanted me to read it to her over and over and over again. It has lovely illustrations and of course a happily ever after ending. I was considering buying for my daughter, but the $30 price tag was a bit shocking. Maybe if I had more than one daughter it would be worth the investment.
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By A Customer on February 4, 2004
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This fairy tale like story is a must read. I have this book at the day-care that I work with it and children absolutely love it. The language in the book is beautiful and helps the story flow. Although it is a longer story it engages children's attention through the colorful illustrations and interesting story.
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By Aleta on January 18, 2015
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My daughter has always loved this book. It makes for the perfect gift!
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