Master Maid: A Tale of Norway

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In this clever retelling of a favorite folktale, handsome and stubborn Leif goes to work for the ugly troll. Soon he ventures into the troll's forbidden kitchen and discovers the delightful Master Maid. As they fall in love, Master Maid helps Leif to fulfill the troll's impossible commands--and to avoid the stewpot as well. Full color.

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Overview

In this clever retelling of a favorite folktale, handsome and stubborn Leif goes to work for the ugly troll. Soon he ventures into the troll's forbidden kitchen and discovers the delightful Master Maid. As they fall in love, Master Maid helps Leif to fulfill the troll's impossible commands--and to avoid the stewpot as well. Full color.

A stubborn young prince goes to work for an evil troll where he falls in love with a captive maiden.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Lief is a young lad who just can't seem to take good advice. His father tells him not to go to work for the troll, but that is the job he applies for and gets. The troll tells him not to enter the house, but that just makes it all the more tantalizing. He explores only to find the beautiful Master Maid. She knows the danger he is in and tells him how to complete his task. At first, he ignores her advice, but quickly learns to trust what she says in this series of impossible tasks. Deeply in love, they decide to flee the house of the troll. They succeed because once again, the Master Maid knows what to do. The warm yellow and gold borders on each page perfectly suit the flaxen-haired pair, the golden wood, light brown earth found in most of the watercolor paintings. It is a story sure to delight young girls.
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Gr 1-5An engaging but little-known Norwegian folktale, expertly told and nicely illustrated. Shepard streamlines the original text collected by folklorists Peter Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe in the 19th century, but remains true to the spirit of that version. Leif, a headstrong young man, leaves home to work for a demanding troll and soon discovers that the tasks assigned to him are impossible. For example, when cleaning out the stable every pitchfork of dung that Leif throws out is multiplied tenfold and flies right back into his face. It is only with the help of the Master Maid, a beautiful young woman who cooks for the troll, that Leif is able to complete his tasks. When the irate troll decides to put him into a stew, the two escape. The troll pursues them and it is the Master Maid who saves the day. At the book's end, the couple get married. When the minister asks the young woman if she will love, honor, and obey her husband, Leif says, "Never mind that! It's best if I obey her." The narrator slyly adds, "And he didwhich is why they lived happily ever after." Shepard's concise story line and evocative language make this an ideal choice for telling or reading aloud. Ellison's realistic watercolors, done in a bright and cheery palette, are highly detailed and for the most part appealing. However, the artist has a little trouble depicting humans; the troll is the most successfully executed character and he ends up being more amusing than threatening.Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State University, Normal
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Shepard (The Gifts of Wali Dad, 1995, etc.) tells a familiar type of tale in which a headstrong young man blunders into the stronghold of an ogre, falls in love with the beautiful servant he finds hidden away there, and performs impossible tasks with the help of the brave and clever maiden, with whom he finally escapes. It's the details of the tasks and the dangers encountered that make these stories interesting: The hero, Leif, must muck out the troll's stable with a pitchfork that makes ten forkfuls of dung fly in for every one he pitches out, bridle the troll's fire-breathing stallion, and extract taxes from the fairies without being buried alive in gold and gems. As Leif and Master Maid flee, she contrives to put a forest, a mountain, and an ocean between them and the pursuing troll, and the troll counters by calling upon the Forest Chewer, the Mountain Cruncher, and the Water Sucker. Ellison's finely textured watercolors are a mixture of the homely (sod roofs, shaggy goats, copper pots, cabbages, gooseberries) and the fantastic, all suffused with an old-fashioned, golden fairy-tale glow.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803718210
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.86 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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