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“Girls will likely enjoy the excerpts from 16 stories gathered by Rosemary Sandberg in The Kingfisher Book of Great Girl Stories and illustrated by a variety of children's book artists. ” Publishers Weekly
“As a way of introducing some favorite girl storybook heroines, this book works well...The notes on the authors at the end of the book are both intriguing and informative. ” Children's Literature
Girls will likely enjoy the excerpts from 16 stories gathered by Rosemary Sandberg in The Kingfisher Book of Great Girl Stories and illustrated by a variety of children's book artists. Quentin Blake, of course, illustrates Matilda by Roald Dahl, and Sir John Tenniel's artwork accompanies Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, but Kady MacDonald Denton brings an almost humorous touch to a scene in Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, while Mark Edwards contributes a somber oil painting for the heroine's confession in Anne of Green Gables. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
As a way of introducing some favorite girl storybook heroines, this book works well. Matilda, Gilly Hopkins, Pollyanna, and Judy "Fizz" Woolcot among others are stand-outs. Readers will delight in their stories and quite possibly dash to the library to find books about them. However, some entries simply do not work; the chosen chapter needs to be read in the context of its book in order to grab the reader's attention. For example, the piece on Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz offers no revelation, no magic, no sense of "What a great girl!" It only moves Dorothy and her traveling companions from the land of the Munchkins to the gates of the Emerald City. The art work is as uneven as the text selection. The affecting illustration of Judy and Pip in Seven Little Australians makes the story and characters come alive as does the exuberant portrait of Pippi Longstocking standing on a racing horse; other illustrations, such as those for The Wizard of Oz and Little House in the Big Woods, detract from the story. The notes on the authors at the end of the book are both intriguing and informative. Who knew that L. Frank Baum was a traveling salesman for Baum's Ever-Ready Castorine axle grease before he stumbled on the imaginative world of Oz? 2005, Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 8 to 12.
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Sixteen excerpts were gathered from favorite stories in children's literature to create this book. An examination of the chosen authors and their books will reveal the bias of the collection. Only three of the authors are men--Frank Baum, Lewis Carroll and Roald Dahl. The authors are predominantly British or American. The stories feature girls who are adventurous, clever and resourceful. But don't look for racial diversity here. Some of the strong girl characters are Gilly Hopkins, Heidi, Ramona, Jo of Little Women, Laura of the Little House in the Big Woods, Anne of Green Gables and Alice of Alice in Wonderland. A brief introduction begins each story piece. The selections are illustrated chiefly by artists working today and not when the original books were published. Each of these excerpts will provide a taste of the children's book classic and will hopefully send readers, both girls and boys, to the original work. 1999, Kingfisher, Ages 9 to 12, $18.95. Reviewer: Jacki VawterChildren's Literature
Gr 3-6-Sixteen excerpts from classic stories that feature girls as protagonists. The selections, each illustrated by a contemporary British illustrator, are from classics such as Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess, Eleanor H. Porter's Pollyanna, and Katherine Paterson's The Great Gilly Hopkins. In spite of the brief introductions, most of the stories don't provide enough context for readers to understand their circumstances and characters. Only a few, such as Beverly Cleary's Ramona the Pest and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods, stand alone. Joyce Lankester Brisley's "Milly-Molly-Mandy," with its archly sweet tone and simple plot, seems a quirky individual choice. Each story has several illustrations set into the text and pages bordered with strips of small, simple pictures. Among the best are Quentin Blake's illustrations from the original publication of Roald Dahl's Matilda, Tony Ross's giddy take on Ramona, and Alison Jay's neo-folk art for the piece from Susan Coolidge's What Katy Did. Some of the original novels are no longer available, which may be a sign of their inaccessibility to modern readers. For the rest, children will be better served by the original books and better able to appreciate these memorable girls within the context of their times.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.