i asked my parents about whether they had to read kipling's jungle book in their school days (circa 1950-1960+) but they said no. then they told me th...morei asked my parents about whether they had to read kipling's jungle book in their school days (circa 1950-1960+) but they said no. then they told me that they did in fact have been told the story about a boy being raised by wolves. it seems that this is a common story told by (grand)parents and passed on to the next generations, the story is older than kipling's novel. i'm gonna have to do some research on that and see where it leads me too ...(less)
and here we go with the next fairy tale .. i did not even notice how much i like reading picture books until recently when i checked out my bookshelve...more
and here we go with the next fairy tale .. i did not even notice how much i like reading picture books until recently when i checked out my bookshelves. this edition retold by laurel long & jacqueline k. ogburn and illustrated by laurel long was particularly difficult to acquire and it was only a used one at that (grr)!
the author's note states the following:
this grimm's fairy tale is also known as "the singing, springing lark. [..] the story combines "beauty & the beast" and "east of the sun, west of the moon." our retelling condenses the action, but we chose to follow the dramatic spirit of the ending of "east of the sun, west of the moon" in our treatment of the villain.
plot: a merchant promised his three daughters to bring home gifts. pearls for the first, gold for the second and a singing lark for the youngest of the three. when he stumbles upon a castle's garden with a singing lark, he immediately climbs the tree to fetch the bird and instead ends up bargaining with the lion that he may keep the lark and his life but must give up whoever greets him first at home. of course, the youngest daughter then has to go to the lion. they spend time together, fall in love and marry. she discovers that he is in fact a prince who has been cursed because he refused to marry the wicked enchantress. not only is he a lion by day and a human by night, but if a ray of candlelight touches him, he becomes a dove, forced to fly across the world for seven years. the lady is the actual hero/ine of the story for it is she who rescues the prince (hee). [ side note: neither the lion/prince nor the lady are given actual names ]
the book is richly illustrated with a lot of ornaments. the attention and love to detail that went into it, are apparent with a single glance. the illustrations are very dark and moody with bright splashes of color. the lady & the lion has an abstract feel to it, you will know what i mean when you take a look at them. the characters are bleh, but what it lacks in characterization and heart, it makes up in breathtakingly gorgeous pictures. it also seems as though its setting is somewhere in persia or northern india.
tiger moon is professed to be a bewitching story set in magical india and from the get go the story is peppered with generalisations, words...more shitlisted
tiger moon is professed to be a bewitching story set in magical india and from the get go the story is peppered with generalisations, words and descriptions that show how exotic, magical and chaotic india is. incredibly offensive things like:
“life is worth so little in india”
“in india, all stories are outlandish”
“life in itself isn’t valued highly in india”
the book has 448 pages. on page 433, raka, the main character is [..] raped by her husband. but this is ok because she is rescued immediately after by lalit, who is now a hero and it all magically disappears as they ride into the horizon together. there is no reaction, repercussion, mention, nothing about the rape. nothing. [..] it is completely gratuitous and [..] demeaning, it serves the story no purpose whatsoever because it has no impact on the character. it is problematic because it is gratuitous, it is even more problematic because the story and characters never address it.