Sausages

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When a poor woodcutter named John rescues an elf in distress, the elf rewards him with three magic wishes. Later, John and his wife Martha sit dreaming of all the lovely things they could ask for. But as the hours pass and John begins to get hungry, a chance remark begets not riches but a string of sizzling, succulent sausages! The argument this causes between the couple leads to a very silly situation, which only their last remaining wish can put right. Jessica Souhami’s gorgeous cut-paper collages and short, ...

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Overview

When a poor woodcutter named John rescues an elf in distress, the elf rewards him with three magic wishes. Later, John and his wife Martha sit dreaming of all the lovely things they could ask for. But as the hours pass and John begins to get hungry, a chance remark begets not riches but a string of sizzling, succulent sausages! The argument this causes between the couple leads to a very silly situation, which only their last remaining wish can put right. Jessica Souhami’s gorgeous cut-paper collages and short, rhythmic text make this a perfect book for reading aloud.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
In exchange for helping an elf, a poor woodcutter named John is granted three magic wishes. "Be careful what you wish for!" is the warning. As in the many variations of this traditional folktale, John and his wife Martha make the expected mistakes. After pondering their many grand choices for a long time, hungry John unfortunately expresses out loud his longing for sausages. And of course, there they are, "a string of sizzling, succulent sausages!" Irritated at what she considers his waste of a wish, Martha angrily wishes the sausages stuck to his nose. And with a "Wh...ooo...sh!" there they are, and there they remain despite all efforts to pull them off. Martha finally realizes how silly they have been. The last wish removes the sausages. And John and Martha proceed to enjoy their dinner. There are no backgrounds to distract us from the comic actions. Souhami uses paper hand-painted with watercolor inks and graphite pencil for collages, integrated with the brief text to display the couple's thinking and their aggressive interactions. Just a few lines produce facial features; the clean-cut collage shapes are eloquent in their ability to demonstrate the activity. The final sausage celebration makes us want to join in. A note fills in information on the original folktale.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
In this vibrant retelling of the Grimms' The Three Wishes , brilliantly designed paper collages capture every trace of humor in this cautionary tale. In Souhami's version, a woodcutter rescues an elf from a rosebush and is granted three wishes with the accompanying warning, "Be careful what you wish for." Of course, the woodcutter asks for sausages. His wife responds with an angry reply that leaves the sausages stuck on his nose, and, of course, the last wish must be used to remove them. The story begs to be read aloud or told-the language is rich with sound effects ("WH...OOO...SH, out from the chimney shot a string of sizzling, succulent sausages!") and the book's design extends the comic scenes of the couple trying desperately to remove the meat. It's unfortunate that the author felt the need to include the original caution instead of letting children enjoy the tale as it plays itself out. Still, with Margot Zemach's (Farrar, 1986) and Paul Galdone's (McGraw-Hill, 1961) versions out of print, this bright retelling is just what storytellers and storyhour providers would hope for.
—Kathleen WhalinCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845076016
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,213,549
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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