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Anno's Twice Told Tales: The Fisherman and His Wife and the Four Clever Brothers

Anno's Twice Told Tales: The Fisherman and His Wife and the Four Clever Brothers

by Mitsumasa Anno, Brothers Grimm (Based on a book by)

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Carolyn Phelan
In the framework story carried at the bottom of each page, little Freddy Fox finds an illustrated book with two of the Grimms' fairy tales and runs home to ask his father to read to him. With considerably more imagination than decoding skills, Mr. Fox puzzles over the illustrations and fashions his own stories to fit the pictures provided, rather than telling Freddy that he can't read. Meanwhile, at the top of each page, a book within a book appears page by page, telling the Grimms' tales of "The Fisherman and His Wife" and "The Four Clever Brothers." The dual text for the same illustrations adds an intriguing dimension to the book. Freddy never seems to work out that Mr. Fox is making up his stories, but textual clues will tip off young readers who remember their prereading days. Anno's clean, spare, ink-and-watercolor artwork makes a pleasing jumping-off point for both literal and imaginative interpretations. A must-read for kids who enjoyed "Anno's Aesop" (1989), in which Freddy found his first book.

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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Edition description:
1st American ed
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)
Age Range:
4 Years

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