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Mary Engelbreit's Fairy Tales: Twelve Timeless Treasures

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by Mary Engelbreit
     
 

With twelve beloved stories meant for reading aloud and morethan one hundred glorious illustrations, Mary Engelbreit's Fairy Tales is destined to become a family favorite!

Every turn of the page brings fresh delight as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, the Little Mermaid, and others come tolife as only Mary Engelbreit could have imagined them.

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With twelve beloved stories meant for reading aloud and morethan one hundred glorious illustrations, Mary Engelbreit's Fairy Tales is destined to become a family favorite!

Every turn of the page brings fresh delight as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, the Little Mermaid, and others come tolife as only Mary Engelbreit could have imagined them.

Images of Rapunzel alone in her tower, Cinderella’s pumpkin becoming a golden carriage, and Thumbelina's search for a home are unforgettable.

Richly sparkling art in splendid colors, warm humor, and all of the charm found in Mary Engelbreit's Fairy Tales make it a treasure with immediate appeal and long-lasting value. You’ll want to share it with those you love.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
As Leonard Marcus writes in his introduction to this collection, "Fairy tales are stories . . . that we never really outgrow." Their unforgettable characters, with simple desires and dreams, remain with us all our lives; it is one of life's great pleasures to be able to share them with the generations following. Engelbreit has chosen twelve of her childhood favorites to retell and illustrate in this collection, including Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Frog Prince, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea, Rapunzel, Thumbelina, Snow White and Rose Red, Rumpelstiltskin, and Sleeping Beauty. Like so many fairy tales, they explore the themes of love, greed, honesty, loyalty, friendship, and envy. In her author's note, Engelbreit explains that she has revised the tales to reflect a spirit of "dashing adventure" rather than a world in which "marrying a prince is the solution to all of life's problems." The Princess and the Frog become friends; it is the King's advisors who threaten the miller's daughter in Rumpelstiltskin. Yet, she allows Snow White, Beauty and Cinderella to each marry her prince. In other cases, Engelbreit allows magic to intervene to save the day—friendly spirits carries the Little Mermaid away. These abbreviated and altered tellings may work for young listeners, but lack the richness and detail that have made these stories live for centuries. The cheery, bright illustrations are filled with lush colors and lots of details to capture youngsters' attention and imagination. Beginning with the cast of characters introduced on the endpapers, Engelbreit's faces are often humorously expressive, whether they are showing disdain, compassion, or daring. A skull shows up as a ring on the witch in Rapunzel and as a watch worn by the evil queen in Snow White. As might be expected, flowers and animals are pictured in abundance, adding life and richness to each page. Fans of Engelbreit's art will find this a delight; however, those looking for an introductory collection of traditional tales will be disappointed. Reviewer: Peg Glisson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060885830
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Pages:
124
Sales rank:
147,400
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother’s own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. She has authored and illustrated several New York Times bestselling titles, including The Night Before Christmas, Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose, and Mary Engelbreit’s A Merry Little Christmas. Mary’s distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions. Her designs can be found on gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more. 

Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother’s own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. She has authored and illustrated several New York Times bestselling titles, including The Night Before Christmas, Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose, and Mary Engelbreit’s A Merry Little Christmas. Mary’s distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions. Her designs can be found on gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more. 

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