Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hansel and Gretel


Retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2009. unpaged. Picture Book
In an African setting, the story of Hansel and Gretel comes brightly to life as the two children are taken deep into the forest (jungle), surrounded at night not by lions and tigers and bears, but by snakes, lizards, and wart hogs. Isadora retells the story straightforwardly and with admirable economy of expression, but it is the pictures that truly dazzle.

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