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Kishka for Koppel by Aubrey Davis
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Dec 14, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: picture-book, folktales-and-storytelling
Read in December, 2011

Really 2 1/2 stars, but I rounded up because of the illustrations.
This is a traditional folktale retold in an odd fashion. The cartoony illustrations and the talking meat grinder are delightful, but kids may cringe a bit when they learn just what a kishka really is. The difficulty is that the retelling turns the initial problem-causing wish into an accident, not a deliberate wish, and that takes some of the fun out of the story. Instead of a passive wishing device, the meat grinder becomes a trickster and participant, in this telling, and that, too, can be a weakness. The two main characters have to be guided by an outside agency, which weakens their character.
On the other hand, at least some kids will love the way the tale works, even if they've never seen a hand-cranked meat grinder.

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