Blair presents a simpler version of a classic Grimm's fairy tale. When a miller dies and leaves his sons all his possessions, the youngest son finds himself with a cat named Puss. Sadly, he realizes that he cannot do much with a cat, but Puss is smarter than anyone realizes. Puss manages to impress the king and tricks him into thinking the miller's son is a Marquis from a far away land. The king asks the miller to marry his daughter and they all live happily ever after. A classic tale, a classic retelling with a classic ending. Fairy tales are at times frightening for younger children. This version is lighter, not as violent, and could be used with younger students when studying different versions of the same story. This tale, as all fairy tales, has been passed down through generations and in each retelling the new writer has interpreted the story in his or her own way, adding or deleting things from the original. This new easy to read version allows for independent reading of the tale which could then evolve into book talks between students as to the correctness of the behaviors of the characters. In another setting would we have seen different results? How might the story have changed if Puss had been caught up in his lies? Fairy tales are classic literature from another time. This one is ready to be shared with a new generation of young readers. Reviewer: Kathy Leggett
Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.30 (d)
Meet the Author
Todd Ouren has been a professional artist for over 20 years. Todd has illustrated and designed numerous award-winning books and greeting cards. Raised near Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Todd now lives in Mankato, Minnesota with his wife and three boys. In our spare time we enjoy watching our kids play sports, traveling, hiking, kayaking and spending time at the lake. Todd Ouren is a published author and an illustrator of children's books.