Little Sister and the Month Brothers

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Little Sister is very busy doing all the work around the house and the yard. But she doesn’t mind: she sings and hums, and she grows prettier and prettier as she does her chores. Her wicked stepmother and stepsister can’t stand the fact that Little Sister is so happy. One day, they tell Little Sister to bring home violets in the middle of winter—or not to come home at all! How Little Sister gets help from the Month Brothers in the forest offers a delightful twist on this Slavic ...
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Overview

Little Sister is very busy doing all the work around the house and the yard. But she doesn’t mind: she sings and hums, and she grows prettier and prettier as she does her chores. Her wicked stepmother and stepsister can’t stand the fact that Little Sister is so happy. One day, they tell Little Sister to bring home violets in the middle of winter—or not to come home at all! How Little Sister gets help from the Month Brothers in the forest offers a delightful twist on this Slavic version of Cinderella.

A retelling of the Slavic folktale in which the Month Brothers' magic helps Little Sister fulfill seemingly impossible tasks which prove the undoing of her greedy stepmother and stepsister.

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Foreword Magazine
Originally published in 1976, this is a beautiful re-issue of a fairytale the author heard as a child. All the classic ingredients are present—the orphan, the evil stepmother, the cottage in the dark forest, the impossible tasks that Little Sister completes, not so much through magic (all right, a little bit of magic), but kindness. Both the author and illustrator were laurelled with awards during their lifetimes, and this book deserves its second coming. For middle grades.
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Here is a new paperback reprint of what should be a classic, if it isn't already. A twist on the Cinderella story-it's not a prince, but an honest farmer-and the man doesn't rescue Little Sister, he just saves her from loneliness and boredom. It's always nice to see an old favorite reprinted for a new generation. The drawings are captioned, and that's where the politically correct might have a problem. The farmer says, "Will you marry me?" and Little Sister says, "Yes." They've apparently never met before. But to object to that is petty-after all, it's just a minor part of a good story. 1994 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761455462
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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