Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It's Not About the Hunter!

It's Not About the Hunter!
Veronika Martenova Charles
ill. by David Parkins
56 pages
Toronto : Tundra Books, c2010

Three friends are raking leaves and discussing their Halloween costumes. Lily shares that she will be dressed as Little Red Riding Hood. This launches a discussion of the various versions of the fairy tale each child has heard. The diverse tales are all based on original folktales from France, Italy and China. The transitions between tales are a little awkward but will probably not bother the early readers that these are aimed at. It's Not About the Hunter! is one of five volumes in Charles' newest Wonder Tales series. This is a great series for advanced easy readers or very beginning chapter book readers as the basic sentence structure utilizes common vocabulary. The black and white illustrations on each page are a great addition to the stories. The other titles in the series are It's Not About the Apple!, It's Not About the Pumpkin!, It's Not About the Rose! and It's Not About the Crumbs! See if you can figure out which fairy tale you will be exploring in each one!

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