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The rabbit's bride
Meade, Holly.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Marshall Cavendish, 2001.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 x 30 cm
A retelling of the traditional tale in which a rabbit attempts to marry a young girl.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 48663.
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PZ8.M465 RAB 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ...(J. a86.), l'h i l i p p bereit l d (st. l5o5), Job. Iteuchlin (J. v-'..i ) philosophische Kiinfppiiise. A'erl. )ltimphr. llodius de Giaecis illuslribus linguar. gr. lite-ra: uimj: i.j huuiaiuoruiu reslauraluiibus. Lond. 1742. 8.--lieci e u Geschichte des Studiums der classischen Literatur ll.liil.--Chrph. Fr. Burner de doctii hominibus graccis, lilerarum graecarum in It.ilia restanratoribus. Lipi. 1760. 8.--Clirph. Meiners Lebensbeschreib. berulimler M.Inner. i) Georgii G ein ist h i Plelhonis de Platonicae atqne Ari-stolelicae pbilosophiae dilTerentia; gr. Yen. I.m-i. 4. lat. per Georg. Carlandruiu. Bas. u; s. 4. Zoroastr. et platonicor. dog-inalum compendinm. Gr. lat. ed. Val. Herrn. Thryllilz&ch. Vi-teb. 1719. 4. Zu saneu ubrigen philosophischen Schriften gehurt aucli lein libellui de falo, eiuidemque et Bcssarioois epp. amoebea- de eod. argiuneiitu c. vers. lat. H. S. Reimari. Lugd. 6.1712.8. S. oben J. i83. Elegaus et brevis IV virlulura explicatio gr. et lat. Ad. Cccoue iuterprete. Ba-. 1622. 8. De virlutibus etviliis gr. lat. ed. Ed. Fawcooer. Ozon. 1762. 8. et al. Vid. Fabr. Bibl. Vol. X. p. 741. c) Schrieb auuer mehreren CommeDtaren die Streitschrift compa-ralio Arutolelis et Platouii. Yen. l Sa5. 8. (/) lieber denselben Boivins Abhandlung iu den Mt'niuir. de l'Acad. des loser. H. p. 776 q. iu Flriunanns Actis Philos. H. Bd. St. X. p. 537. iiinl iu llissmauns Magaz. fur die Philos. 1. B. 6. Abh. S. aaS. e) Hieiher gehort sein Buch: in calumniatorem Platonis libb. IV. Ven. l5o3 n. l5l6. fol. (gegen den letztem gerichtet). Eiusd. ep. ad Mich. Aponlolicnra de praettautia Platonis prae Arittot. etc. gr. c. laU ver-. iu deu Mein, de TAcad. des lutcr. T. 111. p. 5o3. A. Kampf gegen die.

Author Notes

Wilhelm K. Grimm (1786-1859) and his brother Jacob W. Grimm (1785-1863) 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, the 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.

Wilhelm, the younger of the two, was said to have been gentle and poetic, and his brother claimed that he was a gifted public speaker. He studied at Marburg, then went to Cassel. In 1825, at the age of 39, he married Dorschen Wild, a playmate from his childhood, who accepted his close ties to his brother without question. Wilhelm enjoyed being married and was a devoted husband and father.

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

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. In Meade's retelling of a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, a young girl keeps insisting that the white rabbit in her garden stop eating the cabbage. He just as insistently refuses, replying, "Sit on my tail and go with me to my rabbit hutch." Finally, she does, and he's soon planning their wedding while insisting she cook up some bran and cabbage. The girl quickly realizes she has made a bad mistake, but the guests have arrived. What to do? She dresses a straw figure in her own clothes, props it up at the simmering kettle, and runs home in her underwear. This seems more like a feminist fairy tale from the early 1970s than something from the Brothers Grimm, though Meade has made some changes to the original. Naturally, she's altered the ending: the rabbit no longer whacks the straw figure "to death, " though he does "hit the straw figure on the head so that it tumbled down." Her other major change is a bit more unsettling: the original story calls the heroine a "maiden." Meade's bright, inventive watercolors, however, show her as a child, a little girl at odds with a rabbit as big as herself whose persistence and intensity seem quite menacing. On the flip side, Meade's pictures also capture the girl's strength and determination; and the happy ending, a mother-daughter embrace, is sweeter because of the protagonist's youth. An interesting version of a little-told tale. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Voluminous cabbage leaves and rolling green hillsides suggest fecund midsummer in this Grimms' fairy tale. Three times, a woman sends her daughter to chase a white rabbit from their cabbage patch. Three times, the rabbit says, "Come, maiden, sit on my tail and go with me to my rabbit hutch." In the loose watercolor illustrations, the rabbit is at first a seductive enigma who cannot be seen in his entirety; his long ears extend from behind flourishing plants as the child resists his flirtations. But as the rabbit works his charms, he grows to dominate an entire wordless spread, and the smiling girl rides away on his back. Ultimately, the rabbit insists that the "maiden" cook and prepare for their wedding ceremony, and a tight close-up of his angry red eyes complements an image of the child in tears. The honeymoon is over, and so is the girl's game. Meade (Hush! A Thai Lullaby) stays true to the Grimms' ending, in which the bride rejects the groom, but adds an epilogue in which the child leaps joyfully into her mother's waiting arms: "The maiden's mother was happy. And so was the maiden." The story becomes a cautionary tale about female destiny, here dedicated "to all the maidens who take a ride with the rabbit. And who with courage and creativity find a way home." This ambiguous story makes an odd choice for contemporary retelling, given the groom's lack of affection and the transitory happy ending, but Meade taps its feminist potential. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-A young girl is instructed by her mother to chase away the rabbit that is eating their cabbage. Each time she does, the rabbit asks, "Come, maiden-sit on my tail and go with me to my rabbit hutch." Acquiescing on the third request, the child finds herself carried away and betrothed to this now dictatorial creature. She manages to trick him, and runs back to her mother. Brooding and dark in nature, the folktale loses its effect here, for Meade has changed the ending. Instead of concluding with the rabbit's sadness over his loss (he thought that he had killed her), the reteller adds, "Back in the beautiful cabbage garden, the maiden's mother was happy. And so was the maiden." With these seemingly minor changes, the entire story loses the folktale flavor and raison d'¬ątre. The artwork, done in vibrant watercolors, effectively illustrates the rabbit's changing personality from harmless to demonic, but the effect may be too scary for young readers, and they will not be prepared for this sudden turnaround. Maurice Sendak's somber and intricate drawings for The Juniper Tree (Farrar, 1973) embody the essence of the Grimm tales; before readers open the pages, they know that this tale has a dark undercurrent. While Meade's whimsical and effervescent artwork is highly laudable, it is not suited for this folktale. This story may take some explaining for young listeners and leave them confused.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard's School, Riverdale, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.