Tatterhood and the Hobgoblins: A Norwegian Folktale

Tatterhood and the Hobgoblins: A Norwegian Folktale

by Lauren A. Mills

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School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- Attractive, softly colored illustrations decorate and enhance this competent retelling. Common folkloric elements, such as an unhappy childless queen, unheeded advice, and magical transformations, are eventually capped by the expected happily-ever-after ending. The unexpected aspect here is the active role taken by its hoydenish heroine. The elder of twins magically born to the previously barren queen, Tatterhood, dresses in rags and rides upon a goat. Yet it is she who sets out to restore her sister, Isabella, to health when vengeful hobgoblins steal her head and replace it with the head of a calf. Tatterhood successfully vanquishes the hobgoblins and the two sisters then enjoy three more years of unspecified adventures, finally meeting a handsome king and his brother. This precipitates the happy ending of a double wedding and a triumphant journey home. The text flows smoothly, retaining enough of the original language to convey the flavor of the tale, but Mills changes some details to make the story more accessible to modern readers. The appealing illustrations are slightly reminiscent of Michael Hague's work and suit the exotic charm of the unusual story well. The cover illustration is particularly attractive and, along with the feisty heroine, should ensure that the book finds an enthusiastic audience. --Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Stephanie Zvirin
As bold a female protagonist as any in children's picture books, Tatterhood darts self-confidently across the pages of Mills' retelling of this Norwegian folktale. Nothing like princess Isabella, her dainty blonde twin, Tatterhood has grown up "wild as a weed." An embarrassment to the ladies of the court, she rides about on a goat, her cloak tattered, her hair in tangles. But it's Tatterhood who saves the day when angry Hobgoblins steal Isabella's head. Tatterhood finally doffs her ragged clothes when she meets a prince who understands her desire to be different. Mills interprets the heroic story rather quietly, but her paintings, at once magical and earthy, capture Tatterhood's elfish stubbornness and depict her grand adventures with energy and charm.

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Little, Brown and Company
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.83(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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