Winning Scheherazade

Winning Scheherazade

by Judith Gorog
     
 

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-- Not a retelling of the story of Scheherazade, but rather an account of what happened after the thousand and one nights ended and the feisty heroine was granted her freedom. When the book opens, Scheherazade is unmarried, living in luxury, content with the title bestowed upon her: Storyteller of the Kingdom. Then, a mysterious stranger arrives whose presence causes an upheaval in her household. Scheherazade seeks solitude in the desert, but instead undergoes a series of adventures. She is accused of murder, falls in with a band of man-eating ghouls, and avoids near starvation by tricking an old miser. Throughout these escapades she is accompanied by a man who repels, puzzles, and finally attracts her. At the end of the book, the companion is revealed as none other than the mysterious stranger, a suitor who set up the entire situation to win her over. Others, most notably Robin McKinley in Beauty (HarperCollins, 1978) and Barbara Cohen in Seven Daughters and Seven Sons (Atheneum, 1982), have retold folk and fairy tales for the same audience. This attempt is not nearly so intriguing. The character of the mysterious stranger is not attractive enough to win either Scheherazade's interest or readers' sympathy, and too many ``stories within a story'' clutter an already short, somewhat abrupt account. Finally, the writing does not rise above the mediocre, and too many questions are left unanswered. --Ellen D. Warwick, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689316487
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Publication date:
03/07/1991
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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