Jorinda and Joringel

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?1978 Hardcover Good. in Good jacket Ex-library hardcover (usual stamps, stickers) in clean, sound condition with lightly worn (price-clipped) dust jacket in protective mylar; ... interior very good-text pages crisp, clean and unmarked, with illustrations by Margot Tomes; published by Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, ?1978; a small, unpaginated hardcover measuring 4? x 6? in. (see picture of my book to the left) Read more Show Less

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Illustrated by Tomes, Margot New York 1978 Hardcover Good+ in Fair dust jacket 0698204409. Typical library markings, front endpaper torn halfway down, bumpd spine and corners, ... mild edgewear, pages lightly soiled and yellowed, slightly cracked hinges. Dustjacket heavily rubbed, creased and soiled, half of spine torn away, moderate tear back cover at middle, edges heavily chipped and worn.; Ex-Lib; Color Illustrations; Tall 16mo; Ephemera childrens lit, tmt childcat. Read more Show Less

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Once upon a time, deep in the middle of a forest, stood an old castle. An ancient witch lived in the castle, and she had powerful magic. She cast a spell on any young man who came within one hundred steps of the castle—freezing him to the spot so he could not move or speak until the witch set him free. If a young girl wandered too near the castle walls, the witch turned her into a bird, and locked her in a cage inside the castle. But true love triumphs over evil enchantment in this story of one young couple, the beautiful Jorinda and Jorindel, the shepherd boy who loves her. Adapted and illustrated by Bernadette Watts, this tale by the Brothers Grimm will enchant youngsters with its sweetness and charm and not-too-frightening magic.

Author Biography: Bernadette Watts has illustrated many books for North-South, most recently, The Rich Man and the Shoemaker. Other titles include classic fairy tales such as The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Snow Queen, and The Ugly Duckling. She lives in England.

When a witch changes Jorinda into a nightingale, her sweetheart Joringel discovers through a dream how to save her.

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Children's Literature
Though not one of the better-known fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm, this tale is one that could, or should, be more prominent. This friendlier Grimm tale begins once upon a time deep in the middle of a forest. A stereotypical old witch flits about as an owl or a cat during the day, but at sunset she always turns into an old woman again. Her curse is leaving young men who ventured near the castle motionless, and young women were turned into birds, locked in 700 cages that hung throughout the castle. Jorinda, the prettiest of all the pretty girls, and Jorindel, a shepherd boy find themselves too close to the castle, and the inevitable happens. Jorinda is turned into a nightingale and Jorindel cannot move until the witch returns to release him. Too forlorn and lonely to return home, Jorindel finds work keeping sheep in a strange village. A way to break the witches spell on Jorinda is revealed to him in a dream, but can a dream really provide the answer he so desires? Muted watercolors create the serene, placid, sensitive atmosphere of a couple deeply infatuated with each other, yet also provide the dismal, melancholy aura of the witch's castle. There are no prince's or princesses' in this fairy tale, making this seem a tale more realistic than others—and no animals or maidens were harmed in this story about love triumphing over all. A welcome addition to any fairy tale collection. 2005, North-South Books, Ages 4 to 8.
—Elizabeth Young
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Gr 2-4 Although not one of the Grimms' most inspired, this tale of young lovers separated by a witch has been the basis of several picture books, including the excellent Adrienne Adams edition with Elizabeth Shub's translation (Scribners, 1968; o.p.) and Wanda Gag's charming translation with Margot Tomes' illustrations (Coward, 1978). This new shortened version retains the original plot elements and is well enough told, but the illustrations are a feast. Water-based paints on textured paper portray the action in a harmonious blending of rich colors and pastels. These pictures are reminiscent of old tapestries. The joy of the lovers, the menace of the evil witch, a sense of eeriness and of calm, are all equally well-presented. Those who want their fairy tales illustrated can hardly do better, although this does not supplant the Adrienne Adams version. Ronald A. Van De Voorde, Graduate Library School, University of Arizona , Tuscon
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K-Gr 3-This edition of one of the Grimm brothers' lesser-known folktales is welcome, if only because the older versions illustrated by Adrienne Adams and Wanda Gag are out of print. Watts has retold the story of young lovers separated by a witch's enchantments with a grace that is equally reflected in her pen-and-ink illustrations with watercolor washes. When the pair wanders too near the witch's castle, Jorinda is turned into a caged bird and taken away while Jorindel stands by spellbound and helpless. After the young man dreams of a magical flower and goes on a quest to find it, he is able to enter the castle and free the hundreds of birds who are actually bewitched maidens-including, of course, his own beloved. One could argue that Watts's gentle renderings work against an effective depiction of the darkness of the witch's wickedness. Nonetheless, libraries needing to replace worn or missing copies of this fairy tale will want to add this light-filled version to their collections.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698204409
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1978
  • Pages: 32

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