Dwarf Giant

Dwarf Giant

by Anita Lobel
     
 

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Prince Mainichi is bored until a mysterious dwarf brings magic and excitement and danger. Can Princess Ichinichi save her husband from the evil visitor's enchantment?

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Prince Mainichi is bored until a mysterious dwarf brings magic and excitement and danger. Can Princess Ichinichi save her husband from the evil visitor's enchantment?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lobel ( Alison's Zinnia ; Looking for Daniela ) demonstrates the breadth of her talent in this tale set in long-ago Japan, where a prince and a princess rule their tranquil country from an elegant palace. The prince, who longs for something exciting to happen, has his wish granted when a dwarf with magical powers appears. He turns the prince's wooden flute into a drum, and insists that all of the palace's residents dance to its thunder-like music until they collapse from exhaustion. It doesn't take the princess long to realize that the dwarf's magic is sinister, but the prince has fallen under the spell of the little man--whose goal is to take over the kingdom. The wise princess devises a scheme to get rid of this ominous creature, and the country is peaceful once again. Light and color in Lobel's enchanting paintings underscore the contrast between the serenity of the Japanese lifestyle and the chaos introduced by the dwarf. Concluding with a playful twist, this story has a timeless quality. Ages 5-8. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- In this story set in Japan, a strange redheaded dwarf arrives in the country of Prince Mainichi and Princess Ichinichi. With a magical flute he enchants the household and makes them dance to his music until the palace is a shambles. The bored prince, who behaves like an adolescent, is delighted and follows the dwarf in his destructive activities, while the alarmed princess goes to a farm family to collect her thoughts. Meanwhile, the dwarf's excesses have frightened the prince, and the evil stranger reveals that he plans to take over the kingdom. In the end, the princess's cleverness saves her husband and their land. The tale does present a lively and strong woman, but it is not perfectly realized. The story is slight, and the characters are not interesting enough to engage readers' sympathy. The conclusion is abrupt, and the informal language doesn't seem appropriate to the courtly setting. The paintings are attractive and often graceful; many are of Japanese art and architecture. Although this is not one of Lobel's more memorable efforts, it may be useful in large collections because of the active female character and the exotic setting. --Marilyn Iarusso, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688144074
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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