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Seven at one blow : a tale from the Brothers Grimm
Kimmel, Eric A.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Relates how a tailor who kills seven flies at one blow manages to become king.
Added Uniform Title:
Brave little tailor. English.
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Central Library PZ8.K527 SE 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
Central Library PZ8.K527 SE 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Clearfield Library PZ8.K527 SE 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Eden Library PZ8.K527 SE 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Marilla Free Library PZ8.K527 SE 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library PZ8.K527 SE 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library PZ8.K527 SE 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Audubon Library PZ8.K527 SE 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales

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A very clever tailor manages to become king. Retold by Eric A. Kimmel.

Author Notes

Jacob W. Grimm (1785-1863) and his brother Wilhelm K. Grimm (1786-1859) pioneered the study of German philosophy, law, mythology and folklore, but they are best known for their collection of fairy tales. These include such popular stories as Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and The Frog Prince. Commonly referred to now as Grimm's Fairy Tales, their collection was published as Kinder-und-Hausmarchen (Children's and Household Tales, 1812-15).

The brothers were born thirteen months apart in the German province of Hesse, and were inseparable from childhood. Throughout their lives they showed a marked lack of sibling rivalry. Most of their works were written together, a practice begun in childhood when they shared a desk and sustained throughout their adult lives. Since their lives and work were so collaborative, it is difficult now to differentiate between them, but of course there were differences.-

Jacob, who studied for a time in Paris, was fascinated with variant spellings of older words. He articulated "Grimm's Law," the rules of which are still used today to determine correspondences between the consonants of German and languages in the Indo-European family. Jacob was bolder and more experimental than Wilhelm, and was rumored to be a lively dancer. Throughout his life, Jacob kept rigidly to schedule and could be extremely focused on work that demanded close attention to detail. He never married, but was a loving uncle to Wilhelm's children.

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are buried side by side in Berlin.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. Talk about self-esteem--here's a braggart-trickster who not only convinces others but also believes his own myths. When the little tailor swats seven flies on his jelly sandwich, he is so proud of himself that he embroiders the banner "Seven at One Blow" on his belt in gold. Then he sets out to seek his fortune, for one who has killed seven at one blow is far too grand to be a tailor. Kimmel's sly, ebullient version of the Grimm story is illustrated with Lloyd's wonderfully detailed line-and-watercolor pictures that move from the rough peasant village to scenes of gigantic slapstick confrontation, as the tailor conquers three giants, two hideous green ogres, a unicorn, and a savage boar, and finally ends up as king. Kimmell explains the trick each time for young listeners--the dangerous bullies respect the tailor because they think he killed people, not flies--and preschoolers will love the triumph of the small guy and the funny pictures of wild commotion. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

This faithful retelling of the Grimms' tale about a confident tailor who becomes a king boasts many appealing garnishes. After a tailor kills seven flies with one swipe, he embroiders the words "Seven at One Blow" on his belt and sets out to advertise his prowess to the world. Time and again, the tailor's confidence and self-reliance get him out of trouble‘whether he is facing giants, ogres, a ferocious unicorn, a wild boar or a conniving king and princess. Kimmel (Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins) keeps the language clear and simple yet leaves his mark on the classic tale with understated humor ("Who is this insect? We'll grind his bones!" growl two giants upon meeting the tailor) and whimsical flourishes (e.g., finding the giant's bed too hard, the tailor crawls into one of the giant's socks, "which made a fine sleeping bag"). Lloyd (Too Many Pumpkins) sounds just the right note with her expressive illustrations in watercolor and pen and ink; she keeps the tailor's cockiness comical and devoid of arrogance. Her monsters are never scary; readers can see that the tailor always has the upper hand. Ages 4-8. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 4-A thoroughly enjoyable retelling of a traditional tale. Seven at One Blow recounts the adventures of a cocky tailor who, emboldened by his ability to kill seven flies with a solitary whack, sets out to inform the world of his prowess. He encounters giants, ogres, a wild boar, and other menaces and bests them all simply by his fearlessness. Kimmel has made only minor deviations from the original Grimm story, and what few changes there are serve only to enhance the tale. Lloyd's watercolor illustrations are a treat for the eye and perfectly complement the rollicking humor of the tale. Sergei Goloshapov's The Brave Little Tailor (North-South, 1997) has a serviceable text, but the illustrations are dark and grotesque. Robert and Daniel San Souci's version (Dell, 1994) has lovely illustrations, but they are far more formal and have less child appeal than Lloyd's. Libraries owning the other two will still want to make space for this one.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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