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The Wild Swans

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Eleven brothers, turned into wild swans by an evil stepmother, are saved by the sacrifices of their beautiful sister, Elise.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by Dial Books
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Jun 11, 2007 Emily rated it it was amazing
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The story is Hans Christian Anderson, the pictures are Susan Jeffers, and both are beautiful. It's a very haunting story and it was one of my favorites when I was little.
Julia Jasztal
Mommy's review from 10/4/11 -

Julia kept putting off reading this so I started to think maybe she'd glanced through it and wasn't interested. I don't make her read anything if she doesn't want to so I thought I'd give it a read if all else failed and note that she didn't want to read it.
Well, it turned out she was "saving it for the end because it looks great". *smile* I love this kid.
I haven't read the original telling of this story so I can't compare but Julia and I both really liked this vers
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Feb 10, 2009 The Library Lady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all of the books that have been retold by Amy Ehrlich and illustrated by Susan Jeffers, this is beautiful in both words and pictures. This faithful retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale is not a little kids book any more than they would the original REAL "Little Mermaid". But older children and adults will find it wonderful.
Apr 25, 2016 Jazzmyne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Wild Swans is a story about a jealous stepmother who tried to make Elisa ugly but failed so she turned her into a swan. Her father throws her out, and the brothers discover that Elisa was turned into a swan. I would use this book to teach inner beauty.
Sep 03, 2009 Cana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mommy says: Kept both kids rapt for the whole book. However, typical Hans Christian Anderson (this is s aretelling of his original); there is some violence.
Taryn Dean
Aunt cast a spell on the princess but her brothers still protect her.. Students will tell about a time they helped someone after someone was being mean to them.
Danielle Anderson
I love fairy tales and this one has beautiful illustrations which enhance the story wonderfully! Reading it to my children and of course for myself!
death by burning might have been a bit much for my kids (age 4 AND 5) but they liked it =)
Nikki Ritchie
Story about a princess who is turned ugly by her evil aunt. Her 11 brothers, who turn into swans at night, help her get her beauty back.
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Amy Ehrlich is the author of more than thirty books for young readers and is also a winner of The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for her novel Joyride, which was also chosen Booklist Choice Best Book of the Decade. She lives on a farm in Northern Vermont with her husband and a great many domestic and agricultural animals.
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