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A Handful of Beans: Six Fairy Tales Retold

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With its modest yet mischievous title an entirely fitting harbinger of the tone and tales to come, A Handful of Beans is an ample demonstration that, yes, we can use another "Jack and the Beanstalk" (and another "Rumpelstiltskin, " "Beauty and the Beast, " "Hansel and Gretel, " "Little Red Riding Hood, " and "The Frog Prince"). While fairy-tale parodies and updates are per ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 23rd 1998 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published October 1998)
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Shanna Gonzalez
Jul 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
A delightfully told collection of six classic fairy tales, told in crackerjack prose and rhymes, and illustrated by the inimitable William Steig. The author keeps closely to the traditional versions of these tales, giving them a uniquely wry and playful flavor reminiscent of Edith Nesbit: In Rumplestiltskin, the queen inquires, "Is it Crumple or Blister, or Guggle or Nank? Williwaw, Flimflam, or Hiccup or Clank?" The witch tucks Hansel and Gretel into beds "with sheets as soft as a spider's web, ...more
R. C.
Feb 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It's the little verses added to these six well-known fairy tales. That's why I love reading these aloud. My kids love them too. My oldest gobbled them all up on the day the book arrived. My middle recorded MP3s of himself reciting his favorite poems. My youngest requests this book at bedtime pretty much every night.
Joe
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rll-520
I read Little Red Riding Hood from A Handful of Beans, written by Jeanne Steig in 1998. This version of the fairy tale has one similar to the traditional ending where the grandma emerges from the wolf unharmed after the huntsman helps cut them out of the wolf. It is a very good fairy tale with some great illustrations.
Rachel
Feb 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
"Six classics in one book: "Rumpelstiltskin," "Beauty and the Beast," "Hansel and Gretel," "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Frog Prince," and "Jack and the Beanstalk."--according to Goodreads review

I haven't read these stories in ages, so it was fun to read them again. For some reason when I first started reading Rumpelstiltskin, I got it confused with Rip Van Winkle and couldn't figure out the story! I loved the descriptions Jeanne Steig gives for the different characters and the way Wiliam Steig
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Bree
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
Notes:
best for kids who already know these tales
just the right amount of illustrations
love the added rhymes within the mostly traditional tales
the violence of the originals is in these (Rumpelstiltskin tears himself in two, the Beast talks of murder, Gretel pushing the witch in the oven is illustrated and also elaborated in gruesome words, Wolf is filled with rocks and dies)
Patricia
Oct 15, 2008 rated it liked it
I read this book to observe another version of Rumpelstiltskin. I did not find it particularly appealing.
Nicole
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
Not a retelling
Bill
Feb 01, 2016 added it
Shelves: folk-literature
Great to see this reissued by Atheneum.
Edy Gies
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tale
This was a cute retelling of the stories accompanied by wonderfully charming illustrations
Michele
May 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: folklore
Retelling of: Rumplestiltskin, Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, The Frog Prince, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Illustrations. Small sized book.
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