Leaping Beauty and Other Animal Fairy Tales

Leaping Beauty and Other Animal Fairy Tales

Book - 2004
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Humorous retellings of traditional fairy tales featuring different animals as the main characters.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2004.
ISBN: 9780060564179
Branch Call Number: J 398.2 Magui
Characteristics: 197 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Demarest, Chris L.


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Jun 01, 2016

Gregory Maguire has the reimagined fairy tale business on lock and rightfully so. LEAPING BEAUTY AND OTHER ANIMAL FAIRY TALES offers eight short stories: "Leaping Beauty," "Goldiefox and the Three Chickens," "Hamster and Gerbil," "So What and the Seven Giraffes," "Little Red Robin Hood," "The Three Little Penguins and the Big Bad Walrus," "Cinder-Elephant," and "Rumplesnakeskin." Each have their own spin, and true, the moral messages imbued in the originals are a little tainted in Maguire's retellings, but they still make for great reads. I liked the idea of a hamster and a gerbil vowing revenge on an evil skunk who, as their stepmother, sends them away, and all the problems that a skunk brings to a rodent family. I like "Leaping Beauty," in which the curse brought to the frog princess backfires wildly on the very person who put the curse upon her. I like the chimp named So What whose personality is shaped by the name he is given and how that conundrum is resolved. I like the idea of little penguins who live in an igloo and keep forgetting to shut off the oven and keep the door closed. It's all tremendously silly and that's what I like the most about it. As an adult, I appreciate the whimsy, and I'm sure any kid would get a kick out of it.

Jul 24, 2010

Learing Beauty is a great book.It tells all of these animal fairy tales .And it is a great and funny book to read.

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