Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist.

Yolen, Jane, and Rebecca Kai Dotlich.  Grumbles from the Forest: Fairy-Tale Voices with a Twist.  Boyd's Mills/Word Song      2013  40p  $16.95  ISBN 978-1-59078-867-7  elem  Fairy tales  E-BN     

This is a delightful collection of poems by two authors who have provided readers with a new twist on the traditional fairy tale.
Readers will be surprised to find that Cinderella was not kept awake by a simple pea but
by a tower of mattresses.  To top it off, the pea was upset because he missed his pod and his seven green peers.
In another tale, Cinderella boasts that she could have danced all night in almost any shoe but those glass slippers that cut her feet to slivers.  The whining stepsisters, on the other hand, declared that they taught her everything she knows.

In addition to
entertaining readers, this book could be used by the creative educator in literature and writing classes.
Summary: This book presents a bewitching brew of poems that present what the fairy-tale characters were really thinking.  Readers are warned to be prepared to be surprised and dazzled, and to beware of magic.  This is a delightful twist on the usual fairy-tale.     


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