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Once upon a fairy tale : four favorite stories
Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2001.
Physical Description:
61 pages ; 31 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 cm).
Individual characters share their points of view on four familiar fairy tales, providing a new way of looking at each. The accompanying CD consists of celebrities such as Robin Williams and Callista Flockart reading the stories.
Little Red Riding Hood -- Rumplestiltskin -- The frog prince -- Goldilocks and the three bears.
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PZ8 .O574 2001 Juvenile Fiction Media Kits
PZ8 .O574 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
PZ8 .O574 2001 Adult Media Kit Media Kits
PZ8 .O574 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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After a successful debut last year, Once Upon a Fairy Taleis on its way to becoming a timeless, best-loved storybook. Stars from Steven Spielberg, Hugh Grant, and Martha Stewart to Whoopi Goldberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mike Myers, and Robin Williams bring four classic stories-The Frog Prince, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Rumplestiltskin, and Little Red Riding Hood-to life. Your image of these well-loved characters will be forever changed by the illustrative contributions of Chris Van Allsburg, Anita Lobel, Barry Moser, Jerry Pinkney, and others. Included is a full-length compact disc with celebrities performing the stories-all to benefit the STARBRIGHT Foundation, established to improve the lives of seriously ill children.

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 5-This collaborative production, a fund-raiser for the Starbright Foundation, which helps seriously ill young people, takes readers on a romp through four familiar folktales: "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Frog Prince," "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," and "Rumplestiltskin." Celebrities such as Barbra Streisand and Nicolas Cage speak as characters from the stories, each using a distinctive voice, which readers can hear on the accompanying CD or read on a single page. A picture executed by a well-known illustrator faces each page of text. Children who know the classic versions of the stories will appreciate the way the retellers cleverly insert motivation and new contexts, giving old tales a distinctively modern spin. For example, Glenn Close, as Red Riding Hood's mother, worries because her nearsighted daughter went off to Granny's house without her glasses. Oprah Winfrey speaks as Alberta Louise Johnson, Red's grandmother, while Jerry Pinkney portrays her in the moment before the wolf swallows her whole. The best combination of voice, art, and text might be Ted E. "Papa" Bear, a gruff, thousand-pound "family man" whose story is told by Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. While the book is designed more for private purchase than for library collections, teachers and librarians may find it a useful and entertaining way to teach point of view, and illustration aficionados will appreciate the gallery of widely divergent art. Photographs of celebrities and artists are appended, along with brief summaries of their achievements.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.