It's Not about the Hunter!: Easy-to-Read Wonder Tales

It's Not about the Hunter!: Easy-to-Read Wonder Tales

by Veronika Martenova Charles, David Parkins
     
 

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Here are five first books for fledgling readers that offer the enjoyment of a good story along with the thrill of accomplishment that comes from independent reading. Written in short, easy phrases with carefully selected vocabulary and plentiful illustrations, each book helps youngsters achieve success as they have fun. The series follows three friends who love to…  See more details below

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Here are five first books for fledgling readers that offer the enjoyment of a good story along with the thrill of accomplishment that comes from independent reading. Written in short, easy phrases with carefully selected vocabulary and plentiful illustrations, each book helps youngsters achieve success as they have fun. The series follows three friends who love to share stories. In each book, one is reminded of a well-known story: Little Red Riding Hood in It's Not About the Hunter!, Beauty and the Beast in It's Not About the Rose!, Snow White in It's Not About the Apple!, Cinderella in It's Not About the Pumpkin!, and Hansel and Gretel in It's Not About the Crumbs! As one friend starts, the others are reminded of versions they know so each volume has three stories within one framework. The stories come from around the world, and Veronika Martenova Charles provides a note at the end of each book to describe the origins.
 
Easy-To-Read Wonder Tales is a great first step in developing a lifelong love of reading, and it makes a fine companion to Veronika Martenova Charles's series, Easy-To-Read Spooky Tales.


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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Fairy tales that may be familiar to many children can be found in various forms around the world. The books in the "Easy-To Read Wonder Tales!" series all follow the same format. Three contemporary kids are getting ready for Halloween and that triggers the recall of a story. In these tales, readers will be introduced to variations on "Little Red Riding Hood" story. The one from France is entitled "Red Riding Hood" and may be the most familiar. Off Adele goes to grandma's and she is warned not to talk to strangers. She meets the wolf and does talk to him and that leads to her danger when the wolf enters grandma's house and takes her place. Poor Adele is almost eaten up by the wolf, but her magical hood and quick thinking grandma save the day. The Italian version "False Grandmother" with similar circumstances except that she is saved by the river with which she had shared her cakes. The final tales is "Grandmother Wolf" from China. In this story the wolf comes to the house of a young boy named Chen whose mother has gone to visit her ill mother. The resourceful boy realizes that he has been tricked into letting the wolf in the house and finds a way to save himself. Black and white illustrations, lightly composed (although some contain extensive detail) along with a whimsical look appear on nearly every page of the book. The stories offer an interesting way to introduce various countries/cultures and also to show the common themes found in tales from many different places in the world. The biggest quibble is that these shortened versions often do not emphasize the moral/lesson that was the important component of these cautionary tales. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770492172
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Series:
Easy-to-Read Wonder Tales
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

VERONIKA MARTENOVA CHARLES is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books include The Birdman, illustrated by Annouchka Gravel Galouchko and Stéphan Daigle. She has studied at Ryerson University, the Ontario College of Art and Design, and has a graduate degree in Folklore from York University. Veronika Martenova Charles lives in Toronto.

DAVID PARKINS is the award-winning illustrator of over fifty children's books. He began his career at Dyfed College of Art in Wales, studying wildlife illustrations. He has been an illustrator since 1979, and drew the British cartoon, Beano. David Parkins lives in Kingston, Ontario.


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