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Tom Thumb by Eric Carle
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Best selling author and illustrator Eric Carle produces a collection of Grimm's Tales. Carles's illustration brings to life four stories by the brothers Grimm. The stories of Tom Thumb, The Fisherman and His Wife, Hans in Luck, and the Seven Swabians all have a common theme of wishing and day dreaming about things, but also being grateful for what you have. The tales almost have a poetry feel to them, as if written in verse. This collection starts with Tom Thumb, a little guy who is the size of a thumb, outwits those who try to capture him as he makes his way home back to his loving parents. The Fisherman and His Wife tell the story of a man who repeatedly makes wishes upon a magical fish, for his greedy wife. His wife is never satisfied with the results of the wish and continues to want bigger and more, until the last wish which left the man his wife back in their orginal state. Hans in Luck weaves the story of man who continues to trade in what he has for something that seems to be better- but Hans always gets the short end of the stick. The story ends Hans just being happy to be with his mother at home. The last and final story, The Seven Swabians, and odd short story about a village of people who were scared of a rabbit. Six of the sevent villagers leaped into a wide river to escape, but the last villager, a young child lived to tell the story.

A great classic to use in a classroom as a read-aloud to children in kindergarten and first grade. The font is small, but the pictures are large and full of color.

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