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The Hidden Folk by Lise Lunge-Larsen
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Jun 11, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: short-fiction, school-related-reading, lsc530, library, picture-books
Read on June 05, 2010

The Hidden Folk contains short retelling of fairy tales that focus on the subject of the little folk. After a brief introduction, Lise Lunge-Larsen separates the book into eight section. Each section focuses on a specific type of hidden folk, such as gnomes, elves or dwarves, and then offers a short story or two on each type. Lunge-Larsen draws upon her knowledge of tales from northern Europe for this collection, presenting the readers with interesting tales that may be familiar or new. Some of the tales are pourquoi stories that explain why something is the way it is. For example, one story explains the origin of a specific types of flower. Other tales have a moral at the end. For example, “The Silver King” speaks of the importance of generosity. The collection is elevated to another level by it's inclusion of vibrant illustrations by Beth Krommes. Krommes colorful, textured pictures add character and charm for the book. Her illustrations of the little people and the humans they interact with are very well done, but where she shines the most is in her elaborate landscapes, which often give off an appropriately magical feel. The Hidden Folk is a satisfying collection of tales that may cause children to see a little more magic in the world around them once they are through.
Recommended Grade Level- Kindergarten through second grade
(This review was written for a class)
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