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The Goat-Faced Girl: A Classic Italian Folktale

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Like many good fables, this story opens with a found-ling left rather inconveniently, if not surprisingly in the woods. A large lizard, ever conscious of tripping hazards, picks up the infant and takes her home, where she soon grows into a pretty, pampered, and generally useless young woman named Isabella. Despite her adoptive mother's efforts (for the lizard is really a w ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by David R. Godine (first published 2009)
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Beth Trumper
Author: Leah Sharpe
Title: The Goat-faced girl
Publisher: David R. Godine
Edition: Trade
13 digit ISBN: 978-1-56792-393-3
Price: $16.95
Number of pages: 32
K - 5
**** (4 stars)

Using modern language and a comical tone, Leah Marinsky Sharpe retells an old Italian folktale about laziness. After saving an abandoned baby that no one knew what to do with in fairy tale land (she is “even too young to interest the witch in the gingerbread house”) the lizard-lady realizes she has raised a smart, beautiful, but v
The classic Italian folktale (no sources given)about a lazy young woman who has the good luck to be adopted by a very smart witch has an updated, tongue-in-cheek feel, with such details as illustrated cookbooks and chocolate-frosted cupcakes, but the language manages to keep the somewhat formal flavor of old-fashioned fairytales. The just-right ending will please lovers of fairy tales with spunky heroines.
Jennifer Lanman
This book was not like any fairytale I have seen or read before. It was an unpredictable story which made it really enjoyable to read. This is an Italian folktale and categorized as a trickster tale. I believe it is a trickster tale because the prince tricks the goat faced girl to do unnecessary tasks in order to become a princess. In reality he didn't want to marry a goat faced girl. You could use this story for learning plot structure. This is more appropriate for 2nd-4th graders. Teaching the ...more
AWESOME for read aloud, great illustrations, and a smart, funny retelling of a folktale.
David R.  Godine
"Rich storytelling and intricately imagined artwork make this debut a standout. Marinsky's paintings, in the chalky, sun-bleached colors of the Italian renaissance, contain many small pleasures: the woods and flowers of medieval tapestries, the goat-headed princess licking cupcake batter off her goat nose, and a portrait of the shallow prince's just fate. A must for anyone who would rather be a sorceress than a princess."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Sharpe has made changes in theme (that
Nicole Eschweiler
This story is about a girl who is raised by a lizard sorceress, and grows up to be vain and lazy. The mother sorceress gives her a goat head to try and teach her a few life lessons. This story is funny and also teaches great lessons about how looks are not everything and the importance of doing things for yourself. This story has great illustrations and will be enjoyed by young readers.
Lillian Cristina Loys
Genre: Traditional Literature

Awards: None

Grade Level: 3-4

How to Use In Classroom:
This traditional tale tells a story about Isabella and how her laziness at times got the best of her, this she learned the hard way. In grades 3rd and 4th, students are beginning to test academic boundaries. If an assignment is boring, they don't want to do it. If it takes too long, they want to forget about it and avoid it at all costs. In this story, it is shown that Isabella's laziness only ended up making her do
What a wonderful find! This will definitely be shared with my students as we read European folk tales. I had not heard this tale before, so it likely will be new for them, too, which means the surprise at the end will be fun to read aloud.
I don't think anyone can change a lazy person and make them un-lazy for life

But the Lizard-Lady had and idea that worked well and changed the lazy pretty Isabella into active pretty Isabella...but will that help her marry Prince Rupert?...I'm not telling, read for yourself.

it's a good fairytale about how to make a lazy person active but it does not help them in real life :(
Are you shocked by your child's obsession with princesses? In the tradition of The Paper Bag Princess, a lazy girl learns to do things the hard way, gains some inner beauty and some useful magic along the way. Non preachy feminist tale. Adoptive parents, italian (english) fairy tales, self esteem, you-can-be-more-than-a-princess tale.
This book is a treat. It's funny but still feels like a traditional fairy tale, just one with a more modern outlook on life. IThe young woman becomes self-sufficient in the end, partly thanks to books, I should add. She doesn't need the prince, she is capable and imaginative and powerful in her own right.
Not only is this a beautiful story - but it is written and illustrated by a mother and daughter team from Buffalo NY. A traditional moral folk-tale. Created a good discussion after reading. We will be buying a copy of this one!
An Italian folktale about a lazy girl whose sorceress mother turns her beautiful head into a goat head to teach her a lesson about hard work. This is a very funny and clever folktale with some good lessons.
Kate Westmoreland
So, as a mother who doesn't want to raise lazy children, I approve. If I had to give my handsome boys goat heads to convince them to work hard, I'd do it in an instant!
Nice take on an old Italian folktale/fable. The moral is so apt for today's readers--the awesome transformational power of books!
The pictures are beautiful, and the ending is really quite funny and clever. Very enjoyable.
Lovely and slyly funny. And a fairy tale where the lady is the proactive one!
A great debut book for the author and illustrator!
A nice retelling of a classic Italian folktale.
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