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Frog Bride
     

Frog Bride

by Antonia Barber, Virginia Lee (Illustrator)
 

A Russian czar tells each of his three sons to shoot an arrow and wed the woman he finds where the arrow lands. Unfortunately for the youngest son, his arrow lands beside a very small, very ugly frog. Alas, his father is firm, and he marries the frog. Each night, the frog changes into a beautiful princess, but still he wonders: Will he ever have a

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A Russian czar tells each of his three sons to shoot an arrow and wed the woman he finds where the arrow lands. Unfortunately for the youngest son, his arrow lands beside a very small, very ugly frog. Alas, his father is firm, and he marries the frog. Each night, the frog changes into a beautiful princess, but still he wonders: Will he ever have a flesh-and-blood human wife to call his own? Virginia Lee’s haunting illustrations and Antonia Barber’s elegant retelling transform a Russian folk story into an enchanting fairy tale classic.

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
When a king tells his three sons to seek their brides where their arrows fall, his youngest son Ivan shoots into the marsh. He hopes never to find the arrow, because he wishes to marry for love. He is horrified to discover his arrow next to an ugly frog, who tells him it is his destiny to marry her. The queen then decides to set all the prospective brides three tasks to see if they will make good wives. The frog, who can turn into a beautiful maiden, performs each task magically well. But Ivan, who has seen her shed her frog skin, burns it. The maiden is then carried away. Ivan must seek the help of the witch Baba Yaga to find her and prove his love. The retelling of the traditional Russian folk tale is lively and engrossing, with double-page detailed oil paintings creating appropriate Russian fairytale settings. The costumes of the court characters, the regal architecture, the witch's cottage, even the forest scenes enhance the visual narrative. Lee infuses each scene with subtle colors stimulating romantic emotions. The final-page vignette of the princess's gowns hanging with the frog skin provides perhaps a subtle warning. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
This sumptuous version of a traditional Russian story holds within it fragments of other fairy tales familiar to American readers. A king tells his three sons each to shoot an arrow in the air "and seek your bride where the arrow falls." The youngest, Ivan, shoots his into the marshlands, where it lands near a "very small, very ugly frog." The queen puts three tasks to the frog and the two women the older boys find, and the frog performs them best. One night the prince sees her climb out of her froggy skin (the pictures of this are marvelous and entirely unrevealing) to do the work in beauteous human form. Hoping to fix her in human form, the prince burns the frog skin, but she flees instead to her grandmother Baba Yaga. Can Ivan win her back? Lee's oils in her picture-book debut are richly colored and finely designed, with swoops and curves and glorious patterns. The text is clear and rhythmic, and the images draw the eye again and again. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845074760
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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