A Magical Menagerie: Tales from Perrault, Andersen, La Fontaine, and Grimm

A Magical Menagerie: Tales from Perrault, Andersen, La Fontaine, and Grimm

by Shelia Wainwright, Francis Wainwright

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-5 The menagerie of this book's title no doubt refers to the animal characters who populate its 12 familiar tales by the most famous authors/collectors of fairy and folk tales. While the powers that many of these animal characters possess could be described as ``magical,'' there is little in either the retelling of the tales or in the accompanying illustrations to warrant such an adjective. The tales found in this collection (``Puss in Boots,'' ``The Ugly Duckling,'' ``The Country Mouse and the Town Mouse,'' and ``The Musicians of Bremen Town,'' among others) already have been included in outstanding story collections and individual picture books, and hardly deserve the insipid retelling they receive here. The mediocre pen-and-ink and gouache illustrations lack a distinct style, falling somewhere uncomfortably between caricature and naturalism. Contributing to the chaos is a blue rule surrounding each tale and crowding the text. With so little to recommend it, this book hardly merits space on any library's shelf. Denise A. Anton, Cornbelt Library System, Normal, Ill.

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Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
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Edition description:
1st American ed
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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