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East of the Sun and West of the Moon

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  71 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In this beautiful retelling of a classic Scandinavian fairy tale, a poor farmer gives his youngest daughter to a bear in return for the promise of riches. But the girl does not know the bear is bewitched and it is within her power to change his life. So she unknowingly changes his fortune, and destines him to an unhappy life in a castle east of the sun and west of the ...more
33 pages
Published 1980 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers
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Andromeda
Oct 05, 2016 Andromeda rated it liked it
Yo siempre recodaré este cuento así:
Cuando llega un oso blanco a tu casa, te pide a tu hija, y tú se la entregas sin rechistar


Al este de Sol y al Oeste de la Luna es un cuento noruego bastante bonito, algo cursi, pero servirá para contarselo a mis futuros hijos,eso sí tengo.
Me interesó el cuento porque está basado en el mito de Psique y Eros, y además porque estoy leyendo este libro East que no me gusta mucho porque la protagonista es demasiado perfecta; sin embargo al leer este cuento, veo que
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Dec 28, 2014 A B rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful retelling of a classic fairy tale. It would make a lovely gift for your little princess.

My only complaint, and it's quite minor, is that I was not as impressed by the illustrations as I had hoped I would be. Based on other reviews, this certainly puts me in a minority. For such a rich tale with lots of imagery, the illustrations are pretty bland and a few were downright creepy. Also, why does the prince appear to be wearing a woman's nightgown? Like I said, small complaint.
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Children's Literature Project
Classic Norse fairy tale of castles and trolls. This is different than the standard accepted fairy tale as the heroine must save the hero. She is not a weak female lead. The young girl is sent to a far awy kingdom to marry a prince. However the Prince's kingdom is under a spell. The girl must travel to other lands in order to break the spell and save the Prince's kingdom. The grade level is acceptable for Kindergarten - 3 and lexile measure is 920L.
Layla
Jul 23, 2008 Layla rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books from childhood--important to have this version for the illustrations--and I read it again recently while thinking of Italo Calvino's take on compression and repetition in folktales. Also the object as a means to move the narrative forward through time. But now I can't stop thinking about Gretchen Mazur's lecture on Forbidden Looking...I'm cursed. Or enchanted.
Erica Blake
Sep 26, 2014 Erica Blake rated it it was amazing
This was one of my favorite books as a child. My grandmother always gave me books illustrated by Michael Hague and this is one of his finest.
Christina (Boupie)
Really cute fairytales that I am unfamiliar with (though they do bare some resemblance to French, Italian, and British ones). Fun for kids.
Kara
Aug 10, 2016 Kara rated it it was ok

The text is wordy and awkwardly stripped of all mature content and the illustrations had great backgrounds but stiff figures with a bad CGI feel to them that are off putting.
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