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review 2014-07-04 05:29
The Stonecutter: A Japanese Folk Tale
The Stonecutter: A Japanese Folk Tale - Gerald McDermott

adapted and illustrated by Gerald McDermott

 

I liked McDermott's bold and interesting illustrations.

 

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review 2013-11-20 15:00
Little Thumbling - Charles Perrault Review Series #8
The Tales Of Mother Goose - Charles Perrault,D.J. Munro,Gustave Doré,Charles Welsh

Welcome to the eight and final part of the Charles Perrault Review Series.

An eight-part serialised set of reviews of the famous fairy tales by the seventeenth-century French author.

 

Each week I will upload a review of one of his tales. For an overall introduction, read the first review.

 

VIII. Little Thumbling

This fairy tale is not suitable for children: contains a brief description of the slitting of throats.

 

I expected this story to be like Grimm's Tom Thumb, which I read earlier this month. Though they have one thing in common – thumb-sized baby-portraits – Perrault's Little Thumbling, I assume actually outgrows his small stature. Moreover, this story is basically the origins for the well-known Hansel and Gretel. The Brothers Grimm seem to have used Tom Thumb for both Hansel and Gretel and Sweetheart Roland (read my review).

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-11-13 15:00
Riquet with the Tuft - Charles Perrault Review Series #7
The Tales Of Mother Goose - Charles Perrault,D.J. Munro,Gustave Doré,Charles Welsh

Welcome to the seventh part of the Charles Perrault Review Series.

An eight-part serialised set of reviews of the famous fairy tales by the seventeenth-century French author.

 

Each week I will upload a review of one of his tales. For an overall introduction, read the first review.

 

 

VII. Riquet with the Tuft

Once upon a time, three royal babies were born. One boy and twin girls. The boy was very disagreeable, ‘hideously ugly’, and had a hunchback, but, thanks to a generous Fairy, he was the wittiest. Moreover, he would be able to share his wit with the woman he loved. Then, a queen gave birth to two little princesses. She was happy with the first, who was very beautiful, but her youngest daughter, ‘an ugly brat’, was a thorough disappointment as she possessed none of the beauty of her elder sister. But no fear! Thank the Heavens this match-making Fairy. She made the beauty world’s greatest idiot, but gave her, as a compromise, the gift of transferable beauty. The ugly duckling of the family, though very witty, was given no superpowers and one is led to assume the Fairy, by now, had used up her magic-quota. At least, the smart ugly one had the satisfaction that everyone would eventually get bored with her gorgeous sister, once they found out there was nothing but air in that pretty head of hers, and would come to her to admire her wit.

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review 2013-11-06 15:00
Cinderella - Charles Perrault Review Series #6
The Tales Of Mother Goose - Charles Perrault,D.J. Munro,Gustave Doré,Charles Welsh

Welcome to the sixth part of the Charles Perrault Review Series.

An eight-part serialised set of reviews of the famous fairy tales by the seventeenth-century French author.

 

Each week I will upload a review of one of his tales. For an overall introduction, read the first review.

 

 

VI. Cinderella; or, The Little Glass Slipper

This fairytale is so well known that there is no need to write a lengthy review.

 

He perceived that her little foot slid in without trouble

Think Disney's Cinderella minus the singing and the mouse and cat scenes and add a rat or two. And the good, kind Cinderella forgives her stepsisters for the years of neglect and servitude they put her through. A great fairytale overall.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-10-30 15:00
The Fairies - Charles Perrault Review Series #5
The Tales Of Mother Goose - Charles Perrault,D.J. Munro,Gustave Doré,Charles Welsh

Welcome to the fifth part of the Charles Perrault Review Series.

An eight-part serialised set of reviews of the famous fairy tales by the seventeenth-century French author.

 

Each week I will upload a review of one of his tales. For an overall introduction, read the first review.

 

 

V. The Fairies

A Fairy decides to do a social-experiment testing the kindness of strangers by taking as her focus group young, unmarried girls. The younger sister, gorgeous and kind, walks by this Fairy, who has assumed the guise of a poor woman. Being courteous and all, the first sister, on her daily 2 mile walk to the well, gives the lady a drink. In return, every time she speaks she spits out jewels, gems, diamonds and pearls.

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