Newark Library Blog

The Other Picture Books – 398s by Kat Blair
Thursday, January 27, 2011, 9:58 am
Filed under: Book Review, children, Newark

The Princess and the PeaThe Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Anderson, illustrations by Paul Galdone

“A young girl feels a pea through twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds and proves she is a real princess”

Cinderella, or, The Little Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault with pictures by Marcia Brown                     

“There is perhaps no better loved, no more universal story than Cinderella. Almost every country in the world has a version of it, but the favorite of story-tellers is the French version by Charles Perrault.

“This translation is excellent for story-telling and also for reading aloud. Marcia Brown’s illustrations are full of magic and enchantment from the little cupids putting back the hands of the clock to the last scene at the palace.”

Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs. A tale from the Brothers Grimm translated by Randall Jarrell. Pictures by Nancy Ekholm Burkert   

“Retells the tale of the beautiful princess whose lips were red as blood, skin was white as snow, and hair was black as ebony. The drama and suspense of Snow White’s flight and refuge with the seven dwarfs begins when the Queen finds out that she herself is not fairest of them all.

“Burkert’s tapestry-like paintings, strong yet delicately detailed, radiate a spiritual beauty that enriches the movement of the story in its medieval setting. Jarrell’s style, graceful and dignified, stays close to the original.” 
[J398.21 GRIMM]


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