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Gone Is Gone: Or The Story Of A Man Who Wanted To Do Housework

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The classic illustrated folktale by the author of Millions of Cats--now back in print after nearly thirty years! Gone Is Gone addresses an age-old question between couples--who works harder? This long-out-of-print children's book is based on a charming Bohemian tale recited to Wanda Gag when she was a child, and is now once again available to enchant audiences of all ages. ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 24th 2003 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 1933)
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Oct 15, 2014 Brittany Clark rated it really liked it
Gone is Gone: Or The Story of A Man Who Wanted to Do Housework by Wanda Gag is a retelling of a bohemian fable that discusses gender roles in a humorous way. Fritzl and Liesi live on a farm with their baby. Fritzl works hard in the field every day, and one day makes the mistake of complaining to his wife that she has it so easy compared to him. To prove that his assumption isn't true, Liesi suggests they switch places, and Fritzl happily agrees. Fritzl learns the hard way that his wife's work is ...more
Jan 08, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gág retells a Bohemian folktale she heard growing up, of a peasant farmer who wants to switch places with his wife because her job is so much easier. Naturally, mayhem ensues. Gág's tiny ink drawings please.
Oct 29, 2014 Margaret marked it as to-read
Recommended to Margaret by: Stories and Fables, Childcraft Encyclopedia
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Apr 19, 2016 Molly rated it really liked it
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A retelling of a Bohemian folktale told to Wanda Gag by her grandmother, this book tells the tale of a man who thinks he works harder in the fields than his wife does doing housework. She suggests they switch places to find out and hilarious results ensue.

I really enjoyed this folktale. It is very cool how it is a bit feminist and ahead of it's time. As with many folktales and fairy tales, there are parts that might be scary for kids, such as a cow that is nearly hanged to death by accident. How
Sep 29, 2014 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
Fabulous telling and such striking illustrations - this strikes me as a perfect folktale picture book!
Jun 08, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
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Gotta love Wanda Gag.
Jul 11, 2014 Robin rated it liked it
An old story of a man who changes places with his wife and learns how difficult housework is.
May 12, 2014 Robert rated it liked it
I especially liked the humorous pictures of the cow panting and dangling by a rope.
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Cute story about a man and a woman who switch roles one day. I love the old-fashioned tone in which the story is told, but it's very modern in that the man is the blunderer.
Feb 01, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Karen by: Mom & Dad
Always around when I was a kid, this story is wonderful, funny and wise. Why the stupid subtitle? My parents' edition is just Gone is Gone, and that is that.
Oct 07, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing
Who works harder, the husband or the wife? LOVE this book ;0)
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Wanda Hazel Gág (March 11, 1893–June 27, 1946)[1] was an American author and illustrator. She was born on March 11, 1893, in New Ulm, Minnesota. Her mother (Elisabeth Biebl) and father (Anton) were of Bohemian descent. Both parents were artists who had met in Germany. They had seven children, who all acquired some level of artistic talent. Wanda grew up the eldest of these, and despite their econo ...more
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