I really liked this, but I think recommending it would be difficult. The vocab is pretty mature -part of the charm, and something about the style of w...moreI really liked this, but I think recommending it would be difficult. The vocab is pretty mature -part of the charm, and something about the style of writing (omniscient narrator who speaks directly to the reader) could be a barrier. Would definitely make a fun adult/child share.
I can't wait to read about what happens next.(less)
Not going to finish this one. Little sister doesn't really want to be a hunter, while older sister is obsessed. Little sister in love with family frie...moreNot going to finish this one. Little sister doesn't really want to be a hunter, while older sister is obsessed. Little sister in love with family friend. And while I haven't read much that family friend is probably a werewolf or something. Maybe another time, but likely not soon.(less)
Plot: There once was a bee-man, he had no other friends than the honey bees. One day he meets a junior sorcerer who...moreIllustrator: P. J. Lynch Ages: 8-12
Plot: There once was a bee-man, he had no other friends than the honey bees. One day he meets a junior sorcerer who tells him that he has been placed under a curse. And so the bee-man sets out to find out what or who he was before the spell was cast upon him.
Assessment: This is a fairly typical morality tale about being true to yourself, with a slight twist in that the main character proves he was himself all along. While a good story, the narrative at times does become somewhat lengthy and dry, and the vocabulary would be daunting for a young child. This would not make a good storytime read as children may become bored listening to the story. This is a book that would be best read with a parent and child, or by an older child individually.
The artwork is beautiful and elaborate and children can become absorbed in the intricate detail of the bee-man's house, or in noticing the bee-like stripes of the bee-man's pants and other hidden treasures. As a bonus, this edition is accompanied by a CD-ROM which shows how the illustrator crafted the illustrations of this book -something that I would have loved as a child aspiring to be an artist when I grew up!
Note: Maurice Sendak previously illustrated this fairytale in 1964. His illustrations are reminiscent of In the Night Kitchen. (less)
Plot: Prince Siegfried must choose a woman to marry, but he cannot find a woman to love. Until one night, stan...moreIllustrator: Trina Schart Hyman Ages: 5-8
Plot: Prince Siegfried must choose a woman to marry, but he cannot find a woman to love. Until one night, standing beside a lake he witness a wonderful transformation of a swan into a beautiful princess. Prince Siegfried vows to break the woman's enchantment and marry her.
Assessment: The narration by Margot Fonteyn helps to translate the ballet from the stage to paper. She effectively relates the wonder of Prince Siegfried towards Odette, and the Swan Princess' despair over her plight.
The smooth flowing lines of the Princess' and the maidens' dresses add a lightness and grace that almost gives the reader the impression they could blow off the page if the wind were too strong. The darkness of the night backgrounds help to make Odette shimmer with a feeling of magic and beauty.
Note: I remember reading this when I was young and even though I didn't really understand the story I was fascinated by the illustrations!!(less)
Plot: The village of Miersk is being threatened by a figure many thought was just a story -the Blood Prince. That is until two children, who...moreAges: 9-12
Plot: The village of Miersk is being threatened by a figure many thought was just a story -the Blood Prince. That is until two children, who still believe in the stories, decide to take the fate of their village into their own hands.
Assessment: This is an interesting modernization and joining of popular folktales of the Grimm genre, and it certainly sets the imagination running. I love the idea of moving a town onto a train!
This is a story that focuses on how children can make a difference. The children in this story are among the most brave in their entire village, but they both still really want someone to acknowledge it.
The story takes place maybe around the 1930s or 40s, in a small rural village in Europe. This is a good story for older children who might stick with the story even though they do not relate to the environment.(less)