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Toads and Diamonds
Lauren Miller's review
Dec 19, 2011
According to the author, Toads and Diamonds is a classic story that has been told hundreds of times. This particular version is based on the Charles Perrault tale of the Kind and Unkind Sister. The author updated the names of the characters, choosing the name "Renee" for the heroine because it means 'reborn'. In a Cinderella variant, Renee is a servant in her own home to her step-mother and step-sister. One day, while walking in the woods she meets upon an old woman to whom she is kind and is given the gift of her speech turning into flowers and jewels. The greedy step-mother sends her unkind daughter to try to get the same reward but her own selfish heart prevents her from showing kindness to anyone and she gets her just reward. I'm not a personal fan of Anita Lobel's illustrations in this book which tend to have the characters faces more rounded and less angular -- a bit less human than I'd like to see.
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