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When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew by Jan Andrews
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Dec 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: folktales-and-storytelling, juvenile-fantasy
Read in December, 2011

The Ti-Jean stories of Quebec are much like the Jack stories of England and the U.S. He may not be the model son that a parent wants, but when the chips are down, you can count on him to deliver...well, something anyway. Not necessarily the result you expected, but something.
Part of the fun of this type of story is that it can wander far afield, whether it's a duel of wits between Ti-Jean and a greedy princess, or a battle of marbles against one of those magical little men who have inhabited stories since Rumpelstiltskin was an apprentice spinner.
The only weakness of this collection is that it is so short, with only three Ti-Jean tales. It will serve as an excellent introduction to the character, though.
Jan Andrews, a longtime storyteller, has made these stories live in this new form, retold enough that the book is marketed as fiction rather than as a collection of folktales, but her versions feel true to the style of the originals. There are notes about the sources for the stories.

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