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Luba and the Wren by Patricia Polacco
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Dec 29, 09

bookshelves: childrens, fairy-folktales, fiction, picture-books, reviewed
Read in December, 2009

This is a Russian-style (as are some other Polacco books) take on the Grimm Brothers’ tale of The Fisherman And His Wife. I knew what was coming but if I hadn’t the story would have had a lot of suspense.

I ached for Luba, and the wren too, and even a bit for Luba’s foolish and greedy parents. The illustrations perfectly match the progression of the story.

The story itself seems a bit too moralistic to me; I always wish for a reasonable wish, or for the wishes to stop after the first wish, so some improvement in circumstances can occur. I know this is supposed to be a happy tale, but I feel more than a tinge of sadness at its conclusion.

The illustrations are marvelous.
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