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Extra! Extra!: Fairy-Tale News from Hidden Forest
     

Extra! Extra!: Fairy-Tale News from Hidden Forest

by Alma Flor Ada, Leslie Tryon (Illustrator)
 
When the residents of Hidden Forest wake up and open their morning papers, they are in for a surprise.

An enormous beanstalk has mysteriously sprouted outside of Jack Blake's house, and Jack is nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Pinocchio and Half-Chicken have set out on adventures of their own, and Tortoise and Hare are off to the races. Will they all find their

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When the residents of Hidden Forest wake up and open their morning papers, they are in for a surprise.

An enormous beanstalk has mysteriously sprouted outside of Jack Blake's house, and Jack is nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Pinocchio and Half-Chicken have set out on adventures of their own, and Tortoise and Hare are off to the races. Will they all find their happy endings? Hidden Forest News has got the scoops.

Written and laid out in newspaper format, this installment in the enchanting Hidden Forest series has received a new twist from Alma Flor Ada and Leslie Tryon. All of your favorite fairy-tale characters from Dear Peter Rabbit; Yours Truly, Goldilocks; and With Love, Little Red Hen are back, but this time they are hitting the presses and making headlines!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The latest in the “Hidden Forest” series is a bit of a disappointment to those looking for the expected fairy tale with happy creatures and a warm, fuzzy feeling. The book is created in the newspaper format, and the story loses something in this presentation, perhaps because the lack of color on many of the pages and large amount of text is distracting for the youngest readers. Aside from those criticisms, this is a creative offering for older children and adults who can compartmentalize segments of unfinished articles or stories, and are able to comprehend complicated thoughts. They will find this book much to their liking. The stories follow a giant beanstalk, a lost puppet, a unique chicken, and a race between a rabbit and a turtle. One element added is the opinion and editorial page, which should allow for brisk, thoughtful and reflective discussion. This provides an excellent springboard for a pro-con type of assignment or discussion, even as it is a comical poke at the strong opinions of some of the village’s residents. Tryon’s illustrations are as superb as ever. Even the back page ads are worth attention, and readers should look at every word. In the end, all of the characters have resolved their differences and appear happy--the culmination of all good fairy tales! Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
Kirkus Reviews
Ada's latest is a continuation of the Hidden Forest series of fairy-tale adventures, but this time, several editions of the Hidden Forest News newspaper replace the letters of the previous books. Subscribers follow many news stories, the most notable being the saga of the mysterious beanstalk and the related disappearance of Jack Blake. Op-ed pieces illustrate the controversy surrounding the beanstalk. Also newsworthy is the closing of Geppetto's toy shop, the beginning of Half-Chicken's journey to Mexico City (both International news) and the intended race between the Tortoise and the Hare (Sports). The "Back Page" lists the advertisements. Readers with a thorough grounding in fairy tales will laugh out loud at the allusions and double entendres that are the hallmark of Ada's writing. Tryon's busy full-color illustrations will keep readers' attention as they search for hidden details. The newspapers themselves are illustrated with small tongue-in-cheek black-and-whites. Teachers of fairy-tale units will love the subtle teaching of newspaper content and layout. A must for every fairy-tale collection. (Picture book. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689825828
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
07/10/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
200,152
Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Alma Flor Ada, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and in 2014 she was honored by the Mexican government with the prestigious OHTLI Award. She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home with Gabriel Zubizarreta, My Name Is María Isabel, Under the Royal Palms (Pura Belpré Medal), Where the Flame Trees Bloom, and The Gold Coin (Christopher Award Medal). She lives in California, and you can visit her at AlmaFlorAda.com.

Leslie Tryon is the author of the Albert books and several others for young readers. She is also the illustrator of Alma Flor Ada's Dear Peter Rabbit and With Love, Little Red Hen. She lives in Carmel Valley, California.

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