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Hansel and Gretel by Susan Jeffers
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Mar 22, 2012

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Read in March, 2012

A nice retelling of this classic fairytale. The text works, the plot thickens, the children win the day, but I can never get over that wimpy father who won't stand up to his awful wife number two.

In general, I'm not a huge fan of Susan Jeffers' style of art (it's very muted and I like bolder colors and lots of whimsy), but there is one spread that is absolutely magical. The book opens to both pages, and no text. From left to right is the forest, black and white, tree after tree and the moon just peeking into the sky. Through a small break in the trees we find Hansel and Gretel, their red hair and colorful clothing drawing your eye, and they are picking their way back home, following the white pebbles Hansel had so smartly scattered on the path. I'd love to have this spread hanging on my wall :)


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