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

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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 find something that triggers the recall of a story. The three friends—Jake, Ben and Lily are having a yard sale when they notice a rose under glass. That triggers a retelling of multiple Beauty and the Beast tales. The first one is from Europe (no specific country) and it is probably the one most familiar to readers. The youngest daughter asks for a rose and when her father picks it, the Beast demands that the youngest daughter come live with him or the father will forfeit his life. Beauty begins to care for the beast; who, as in most fairy tales, in the end turns into a handsome prince whom she marries and they all live happily ever after. The Indonesian variation on this tale involves a lizard who also turns into a handsome man who marries the girl who cared for him and lives happily ever after with his bride and her mother. The Norwegian variation involves a white bear who at night changes into a man. When the young girl's curiosity causes the magical spell to whisk away her handsome man, she spends her days searching for him in the hope of breaking the spell and she succeeds. 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887769542
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Series: Easy-to-Read Wonder Tales Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,422,108
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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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