Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm (with audio recording)

Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm (with audio recording)

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by Brothers Grimm, John Nickle
     
 

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A classic tale of love and acceptance from the Brothers Grimm is beautifully rendered in this magical retelling, now with an audio recording.

Hans is an unusual boy. Born a hedgehog from the waist up, he knows what it’s like to truly be an outcast. Even his amazing fiddle playing can’t help him fit in. So Hans flees to the forest with his

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A classic tale of love and acceptance from the Brothers Grimm is beautifully rendered in this magical retelling, now with an audio recording.

Hans is an unusual boy. Born a hedgehog from the waist up, he knows what it’s like to truly be an outcast. Even his amazing fiddle playing can’t help him fit in. So Hans flees to the forest with his herd of loyal pigs and only his music to keep him company. But then a most unusual thing happens: When Hans crosses paths with two kings with two lovely daughters, his luck starts to change. Will this lonely soul find true love after all?

This lively and lyrical retelling of the classic Grimm’s tale, paired with lush, detailed illustrations, reminds us of the power of music, the importance of belonging, and the transformative effect of love.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Hans, half boy and half hedgehog, is born to a farm couple that have longed for a child. But he has a special friendly relation only with the pigs. He becomes a fiddle player, but is still shunned and left alone. Hans decides to ride away into the forest with his pigs. When he leads a lost king home, the king reneges on his promise to give Hans the first thing he sees, his daughter. When Hans takes a second lost king home, and he sees this king's daughter, she agrees to honor the promise. Hans then aids an old woman, who reminds him of the two promises. With his pig army, Hans goes to the first king. When the king refuses his daughter, the pigs wreck his palace. Hans doesn't want that princess, but takes half the king's fortune. The stage is then set for the magical happy ending with the second king and princess. Nickle's naturalistic acrylic portrait of Hans on the jacket depicts the elegant if oddly composed youngster playing his violin. The single and double-page scenes plus many vignettes offer details of landscape along with the dramatic characters that engage him. The settings and costumes suggest the European location. The author adds a note on how she has altered the original story. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442447202
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
01/24/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
34 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kate Coombs is the author of The Secret-Keeper. She has worked as an editor and as an English composition teacher at various colleges in Chicago and Los Angeles. She currently teaches in Los Angeles, where she lives.

John Nickle is the illustrator of Things That Are Most in the World and Never Take a Giraffe to the Movies, both written by Judi Barrett. He is also the author and illustrator of Alphabet Explosion and The Ant Bully. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
John Nickle is the illustrator of Judi Barrett’s Things That Are Most in the World, as well as the author and illustrator of TV Rex, Alphabet Explosion!: Search and Count from Alien to Zebra, and The Ant Bully. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more about him at JohnNickle.net.
Kate Coombs is the author of several books for children including The Secret Keeper. She has taught every grade from kindergarten through college, most recently working with homebound inner-city children. She lives in Bountiful, Utah, where she shares her home with hundreds of much-loved books. You can visit her online at KateCoombs.com.

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