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Tre sorelle nel bosco

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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  792 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Aurora, Storm e Any Eden, una ragazza, una ragazzina e una poppante, sono le eredi della Tenuta Eden, immersa nella foresta. La mamma muore dando alla luce Any e lascia in eredità a Storm un piccolo flauto di latta. Che scatena l'avidità del perfido DeWilde, noto schiavista dotato di una squadra di lupi mannari guardiani che costringe gruppi di bambini a lavorare per lui i ...more
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published October 3rd 2007 by Fabbri (first published 2006)
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Natalie
May 30, 2012 Natalie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore fairytale enthusiasts, fans of sisterly novels that aren't about pants
Into the Woods is a fairytale mashup of mainly a feminist take on The Pied Piper, but with also The Snow Queen, Hansel and Gretel and Red Riding Hood.

I originally wrote a very long and winding review about this, then realized I was putting way too much analyzation into a simple children's book.

Or maybe not: much of the action and goriness (thankfully mainly unDisneyfied and mainly true to Anderson/Grimm work) seems too graphic or just inappropriate for younger children. Topics like cannibalism,
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Karen Ball
Wild! This is a fractured fairy tale -- it's actually several fairy tales fractured and pieced together. Sounds a bit like Frankenstein, doesn't it? The Eden sisters, Aurora, Storm and Any, live on a run-down estate at the edge of their village, which is in the middle of a rat infestation. The mysterious and scary Dr. DeWilde appears, surrounded by drooling and snapping wolves, and promisese to handle the rat problem -- but the town MUST pay wht he asks. What does he want? Children! He also wan ...more
Mary
Another reviewer described this book as slightly manic and I would have to agree with that assessment of the pacing. Once it gets going they are facing death over and over and over with no breathing room, lots of terror and tears and it is a bit exhausting. The plot conflicts are aided by the main character's sharp perception or unbelievable obtuseness. The difficulties and plot progressions were too easy and too hard to overcome at the same time and it just didn't work for me. And then after th ...more
paperdollmom
I stumbled upon this book, purchasing it by impulse (I can't contain myself when I come in contact with fairytales!). I was not disappointed. This is by far the best fairytale I have read in such a long time. The book had everything- adventure, mystery, frightening parts, along with sisterly bonds that were unbreakable! Even though there were hints of other tales mentioned here and there, entwined within the story- Into the Woods is a story all in itself that I couldn't put down. I was enthralle ...more
Renetta


Every few books I throw a young reader into the mix, looking for books to read to my granddaughter when she's older. I chose this book because the main characters name is Aurora, same as my granddaughter. I about fell over when they introduced the character Netta Truelove. My friends have always called me Netta. It's as if it were written for us. There's a recipe at the back of the book that I'll be making to eat while we read it. The book was full of adventure and fun to read. There were even
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Lanie
An incredible twist on quite a few well-known fairy tales, this book is one of my personal favorites. After their mother dies and their father refuses to do much but weep in his room, the three sisters Aurora, Storm, and Anything must fend for themselves. Little do they know that soon they will have to defend themselves against wolves, an orphanage that's too sweet to be true, an ogress with a taste for games, and the so called exterminator Dr. DeWilde, who can't wait to get his hands on the thr ...more
Jimmy
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Athen
This was an awesome twist on the fairytales you may have loved as a kid. It is about a girl named Storm who lives at Eden End a lovely cottage with her sister and two neglectful parents. Her sister Aurora is always nagging her not to go into the woods, but one day Storm got so bored she imagined what it was like outside the confinment of the walls of her cottage. So she walked into the woods and hitched a ride into a town full of despair. She followed the villagers into a town meeting about the ...more
Lauren Moye
This was another one of those bizarre library books that I, to this day, have no idea how or why I found. It made me inexplicably uncomfortable, and I'm pretty sure that it's to blame for several reoccurring nightmares. Remembering reading this STILL makes my skin crawl, to be honest.
Starry
A dark mix of fairy tales with lots of peril. I'm surprised my 10-yr-old daughter liked it, since she usually dislikes reading about people in dangerous situations. Maybe the illustrations helped keep it light and juvenile? Not to me: I found it very dark, with the main characters in constant and extreme danger and depravation. They must escape wolves, kidnappers, cannibals, slavery, fallings, drownings, freezings, etc. It's relentless and exhausting to read.

What I liked: trying to identify the
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April
Into the woods has you in for an adventure as you follow three sisters Aurora, Storm, and Any Eden as they try to avoid the sinister Dr. DeWilde from getting the pipe that been passed down from the sister's mother, Zella Eden, to Storm Eden, who has passed away beforehand.

Into the woods is an enjoyable read as you follow the three sister's on their journey trying to avoid the many troubles from Dr. DeWilde as you watch the sister's bond grow. Filled with many fairy tale mashups, from Hansel and
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Beth E
This is definitely a kid's book. The three sisters who are the main characters are almost orphans and reliant on each other to survive. They are very charming, but utterly unrealistic, from the oldest sister, Aurora, obsessed with the linen closet, to the insanely adventurous middle child, Stormy, to the youngest child, Any, who realizes she can speak the day she is born, but does not bother to until some months later.
They encounter a villain who is the Pied Piper and the Big Bad Wold rolled int
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Rebecca
An absolutely wonderful read-aloud book. My boys (11&9) loved it. So did I!!!! The sisters are great and the use of the Grimm tales is fun and inventive.
Missy
No, this has nothing in common with the play; it's better!
Deeanna
I liked it. It started off extremely well, 4 or 5 star worthy but sort of petered off for me. Still worth the read though, if you're hesitant.

As another side note before I continue, I found this book when I went looking for a book about "Into the Woods", the Stephen Sondheim musical, when I saw they were making a movie out of it. This book has nothing to do with the musical; but (like the musical) it happens to be a mash-up of fairy tales.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this novel and I flew the fi
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Peyton
Delightful and whimsical and fun. This story is like A Series of Unfortunate Events rolled into the Flavia De Luce books with a dash of the Grimms and Andersen. I laughed out loud several times, and continually found myself wondering what was going to happen next. I enjoyed the contrast between the two sisters, and especially liked sweet-but-wicked Mrs. Bumble (who owes something to Delores Umbridge but is still pleasantly horrifying in her own right).

Lyn Gardner understands that children have b
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Andy
Gardner effectively creates a gothic, fairy tale like world full of familiar, yet re-imagined, characters. Dr. DeWilde is the Pied Piper, hired by the townsfolk to rid the village of rats. He seeks a magic pipe that will give him the power to do more evil in the world. Aurora, Storm, and Any are three sisters forced to run from their home. The three are chased into the forest by Dr. DeWilde and his wolves. Aurora, the eldest, likes to keep things in order. The middle sister, Storm, is a reckless ...more
Book Angel Emma
dimensional plot. Really interesting twists making it suitable for slightly older readers. It was so much fun to put all the pieces together and guess the fairytale being depicted. Especially to guess which character is from which tale. To fully appreciate the nuances of the plot I think you need a good knowledge of traditional fairy-tales.

Vivid descriptions with the use of many adjectives in order to create a full picture (plus adding to the vocabulary). Rich and interesting characterisation sh
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Susan
Sep 21, 2007 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy tale fans, anyone who likes a good story
Shelves: booktalkers
This book is so much fun! I loved figuring out the references to well-known fairy tales: Rapunzel, the Snow Queen, Hansel and Gretel, the Wild Swans--it is a good test of anyone's fairytale knowledge. It's the story of the Pied Piper that is featured most prominently. Storm Eden and her family: beautiful, industrious, elder sister Aurora, her charming but extremely laid-back (lazy) mother Zella, and her distracted father, Reggie, live in a big old house as eccentric as they are. Aurora is the ho ...more
Bonnie Gayle
This was a pretty good book. I just don't understand why it has huge font, with tons of space. Those 2 things made it over 400 pages. If they're trying to force it into being a junior book, then the book length alone would be a huge deterrent for a young reader. I think they should have just had normal sized font and regular spacing, and had it be a YA book. The reading level is young adult and not junior anyway.

Sisters Storm and Aurora could not be more different. Aurora loves reorganizing the
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Michelle
I really liked this book about Aurora,Storm and Any.These sisters proved that through thick and thin they were able to overcome any dreadful obstables and stay together in the end as a family.I thought it was the book to the movie out in December by Disney but it wasn't.I watched an older play of the same name that I think is along the December movie.I hope it is better than the play.This book did entertain me though.For all of you who like different versions of fairy tales-this is a good one.
Karen Dransfield
Found this at the library withdraw stand for .50c. Book in great condition and started reading on the bus on Friday. Finished it this morning. Awesome. It was classified as a junior kids read but could easily been a Teens section book.

Take a family in a fairy tale world where many of the classic fairy tale stories all collide together. You have the family: Mum who was stuck in a tower and got rescued by Dad, and their 2 children. Eldest daughter, Aurora, has been fortold will prick her finger wh
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Jane G Meyer
Into the Woods combines so many fun literary elements into one pie. Lively language, a fabulous protagonist, and an imaginative setting. Storm, our heroine, is an adventurous middle daughter who saves her part of the world from the pied piper's tune of leading children off to work in the mines. She's easy to like, being quite round and human, like most of the other characters... I especially love the gusto of the author, who was willing to portray Storm's sister as a girly-girl who finds pleasur ...more
Laura
A little bit of Rapunzel, a pinch of Sleeping Beauty, hints of the Snow Queen, and a chapter or two of Hansel and Gretel are wrapped up in the Pied Piper of Hamlin to create this original tale of three sisters: Aurora, Storm, and Anything Eden. When their mother dies and their father abandons them, they must fend for themselves. This is no easy feat when the creepy exterminator, Dr. DeWilde, and his wolves are after them and the old tin pipe that their mother left them. The black and white illus ...more
D.M.
It's not a perfect book, but for someone who's soaked in fairy tales like I've become it's a fun read and an entertaining adventure. My wife, our 5-year-old daughter and I read the whole thing aloud, and they couldn't get enough of it. I was not quite so entranced, but didn't mind it at all. Gardner's writing isn't quite as lyrical as she seems to try to make it, and is at its best when more straight-forward. The illustrations by Mini Grey are minimal and appropriate, hearkening to Brett Helquis ...more
Annaliese
This book was first read by myself when I was ten. I still love it.

An interesting mix of several well-told fairy tales, the adventures of Storm, Aurora and Anything will leave you at the edge of your seat and excited.

I'd recommend this book to 10- 15 year olds, but anyone of any age will enjoy this.

Hope it helps!
Stevie
Meh.

Sorry, that's the best I can do. It's clean, unoffensive, and full if adventure. It also feels manic, the characters are one dimensional and completely unbelievable or unrelateable- even for a fairy tale! I finished it, but it was a bit of a struggle.

Recommend: only if you really LOVE fairy tales and aren't picky about underdeveloped characterization and poor writing.
DolphinLover
Into the woods was an average book. There were some things I liked about it though. I had a lot of fun trying to figure out the different fairytales in the book ( Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, The Snow queen, etc.,), but the book itself wasn't well-written. Good idea, average writing
Nikki
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Emily
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