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The Kingfisher book of fairy tales
French, Vivian.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Kingfisher, 2000.
Physical Description:
92 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Jack and the beanstalk -- Hansel and Gretel -- The Fisherman and his wife -- Beauty and the beast -- The Elves and the shoemaker -- Rumpelstiltskin -- Cinderella.
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PZ8 .F5235 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
PZ8 .F5235 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ8 .F5235 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ8 .F5235 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ8 .F5235 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The author of Mrs. Hippo's Pizza Parlor now presents enthralling retellings of Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Beauty and the Beast, and other fairy tale favorites. Malone's captivating illustrations make this sumptuous collection an indispensable addition to any child's bookshelf. Full color.

Author Notes

Vivian French is an acclaimed children's author with a long and respected list of titles to her credit. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6, younger for reading aloud. French offers seven standard fairy tales, which are decorated with pictures of elegantly posed figures in eighteenth-or nineteenth-century European dress. Her retellings don't stray far from the canonical, but there are a few retouches: Jack is greeted by the giant's sister, not wife; the fisherman's wife repents of her greed; and the savvy Prince insists that all girls be invited to the ball, because, "sometimes the pretty ones aren't very nice." Most readers will know which story they've turned to just by glancing at Peter Malone's formally composed tableaux. Those with sharp eyes will note the Beast's face changing from scene to scene and the shoemaker's helpers creating marvelously stylish footwear. For content alone, this collection doesn't stand out from the crowd, but it is a handsome volume, with well-leaded text, generous in size, which adults looking for read-alouds will appreciate. John Peters

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-French has selected and retold seven well-known fairy tales, including "Cinderella," "Jack and the Beanstalk," and "Rumpelstiltskin," shortening and distilling the plots for young audiences. Malone's vividly rendered paintings make for a lovely presentation and have plenty of child appeal, and their placement and design are exceptional. French tells readers in her foreword that she "was determined to include as many traditional `fairy' elements as possible." She warns that there are dark sides to some of the tales but concludes that "Children are frightened by shadows and bats and bogeymen-fairy tales recognize this fear." It is unfortunate that the choices are the most frequently told tales in the genre and most people already have multiple versions of these stories on their shelves. Nonetheless, while it may be redundant in some collections, there will be libraries that will appreciate having such a well-executed anthology to offer young fairy-tale lovers.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.