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Hansel and Gretel by Rika Lesser, Paul O. Zelinsky

"Artfully understated retelling and magnificent paintings result in an unsurpassable presentation of the ancient fairytale. This is a triumph of children's literature, for all ages." —Publisher's WeeklyA Caldecott Medal Honor Book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698114074
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 11/28/1996
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 374,201
Product dimensions: 8.06(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.17(d)
Lexile: AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

 Rika Lesser is a poet and translator of Swedish and German literature.

Paul Zelinsky was born in Evanston, Illinois. He attended Yale University, where he took a course with Maurice Sendak, which later inspired him to pursue a career in children's books. Afterwards he received a graduate degree in painting from Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia and Rome. Paul Zelinsky lives in New York with his wife, Deborah, and the younger of their two daughters.

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Hansel and Gretel¿s mother wanted their father to take them into the forest and leave them. Their parents were poor and not able to feed all four of them. The children heard this and Gretel cried. Hansel didn¿t cry but said, ¿It will be all right. I have an idea.¿ Hansel snuck out and collected some white pebbles. The next morning while they walked deep into the woods with their parents, Hansel dropped pebbles to mark their path. When the moon was up they followed the pebbles home to find a happy father but an angry mother. The children heard their mother again tell the father that ¿he must take them into the forest.¿ The door was locked so Hansel could not get out to collect pebbles. The next day he left a trail of bread crumbs instead because that was all he had. The next morning the birds and animals had eaten the bread crumbs. They found a house made of bread & candy while trying to find their way home. The hungry kids began eating very fast. ¿Nibble, Nibble, Nibble! Who gnaws my house to rubble?¿ a woman¿s voice said. The woman took them in and took care of them. Then the old woman wanted to eat Hansel and Gretel. What will they do? This is a great story that has been read for many generations. Paul Zelinsky now lives in New York City. In 1998, he won the Caldecott Medal. He did a great job with retelling the Grimm tale through pictures. They are captivating and colorful. Poet Rika Lesser does a great job retelling the popular tale through words. This was the tales first transcription and first appearance in print. She is also known for three collections of poetry Growing Back and prize-winning translations. Lesser, Rika. Hansel and Gretel. New York: Puffin, 1996.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the part when Hansel and Gretel found a full box of jewels and they said they woud never be poor. Their father told them that their step mother had run away but Hansel said as long as we are all together we will live happy.