The Twelve Dancing Princesses
This retelling of Grimm’s tale is accessible, mainly because of Sanderson’s vibrant, detailed oil paintings. The story begins with the king’s suspicion of his twelve daughters nightly actions based on the destruction of their gorgeous satin shoes. He enlists eligible young men to discover the answer and promises their pick of a princess to marry, but these men keep disappearing. Then a commoner named Michael receives some advice and an invisibility cloak from an old woman and thus gains a positi...more
What can you say about the illustrations, having gawped at them happily, page after page? I did have doubts, at first, about the half-short half-long hairdo of the Lad in this story (his name is Michael): t ...more
Out of several renditions that I have read of this tale, I greatly enjoyed this one. Compared to the original tale, the story line has some slight tweaks yet the reader is still satisfied with the ending.
I would recommend this to all those who love fairy tales and exquisite illustrat ...more
Adult Reader Reaction: No detail is left undone in this beautifully created fairy tale. Although the story was somewhat familiar, the story was fresh and I enjoyed the historical accuracy of the princesses' costumes.
Pros: Beautiful images illuminate and freshen a classic fairy tale.
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The blurb claims it's retelling the Brothers Grimm. It's not. It's retelling the version that Andrew Lang included in The Red Fairy Book; although a few details are closer to Grimms' than to that one, most favor the French one.