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Glass Mountain
     

Glass Mountain

by Diane Wolkstein, Louisa Bauer (Illustrator)
 

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When Raina's father, the king, challenges all her suitors to climb the glass mountain he has built, the princess decides to help one special young man win her hand. But when the two of them are almost to the top, Raina falls through a crack, into Old Rinkrank's underground world — and it changes her forever. This is a vibrant new version of a beloved Grimm

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When Raina's father, the king, challenges all her suitors to climb the glass mountain he has built, the princess decides to help one special young man win her hand. But when the two of them are almost to the top, Raina falls through a crack, into Old Rinkrank's underground world — and it changes her forever. This is a vibrant new version of a beloved Grimm fairy tale.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wolkstein's (Little Mouse's Painting) imaginative, easy-to-follow adaptation of a Grimm tale delivers a spunky heroine while remaining true to traditional fairytale hallmarks. When his only daughter reaches marriageable age, a king constructs a glass mountain and announces that the first man to climb it will win Princess Raina's hand. Many fail, and when a pleasant fellow named Jared puts himself forth, Raina decides to accompany him and try to help him. Alas, Raina falls through a crack into the musty underground lair of the troll-like Rinkrank. Wolkstein is at her best as she embroiders the episode of Raina's servitude to Rinkrank; she turns otherwise odd bits of the Grimm original (like Rinkrank's dubbing the princess "Mother Mansrot") into pivotal story elements, and she magnifies Raina's ingenuity and determination in fashioning an escape plan. Debut artist Bauer echoes the work of classic, early-20th-century children's illustrators in her use of color and pattern for the scenes of palace life, then comically exaggerates Rinkrank and his realm. Moving skillfully between scenes of action, suspense and pastoral beauty, she enriches and extends Wolkstein's text. Ages 5-up. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-In this adaptation of a lesser-known Grimms' tale, a princess climbs a glass mountain with her true love to help him win her hand. When Raina and Jared are almost at the top, she falls through a crack and into an underground cave, where she becomes the prisoner of an unpleasant little man. Old Rinkrank leaves every day to gather more gold for his buried hoard while Raina cleans his house and cooks his dinner. Eventually, she forgets who she is, but her memory begins to return when Old Rinkrank calls her "Mother Houserot." She tricks and traps the old man, escapes, and is reunited with her father and Jared. Later, Raina and her fianc return to the underground house and dig up Old Rinkrank's hoard. Instead of using the treasure for their own "luxury and joy" as in the original tale, they use it to build a beautiful public garden. Wolkstein makes the story her own in other ways, fleshing it out with details and gearing it for modern sensibilities without diminishing it. The narrative demonstrates a precise balance of economy and detail, painting vivid images without resorting to florid description. Bauer's exuberant watercolor-and-gouache paintings flow with color and movement, wonderfully enhancing the story. The illustrations are packed with detail yet convey spaciousness, except, appropriately, in the gloomy, claustrophobic underground scenes. A polished effort that brings an old gem to light.-Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A lighthearted, superfluous version of the Grimms' tale of Old Rinkrank, in which a princess outsmarts an underground, troll-like character. The princess's suitors have to win her hand by scaling a glass mountain; when she helps a young man named Jared, the princess falls through a crack in the glass and is imprisoned in an underground cave. The demanding Old Rinkrank commands her to be his servant. After forgetting and then recalling her own identity, Raina plots her escape, returning home safely to the great joy of her father and her suitor. Missing is Jared and the king's lamentation over the princess's disappearance; added is a loaded subplot of capturing, then freeing, an aviary of birds, symbolizing the princess's freedom. Also added is an ending in which Rinkrank mysteriously disappears, as compared to the king's destruction of him in the original. Rinkrank's recovered treasure is here used to create a garden paradise for young and old. The innocuous heroine is depicted with rosy cheeks amid opulent scenery, waiting to awaken to her true self. (Picture book/folklore. 5-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688148485
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.86(w) x 11.35(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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