Vivian Vande Velde
Birth date: June 18, 1951
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Grade: 5th Reading Level: 920L This collection of fairy tales is great from Rapunzel to Cinderella. The Grimm collection allows for teachers ti use the stories for character development and setting comparison.
I love VVV's writing and her take on Rumpelstiltskin's story was, for lack of a better word, magical. I love an author who writes with a great sense of humor!
I like the idea, but I never felt it. Certainly won't stop me from reading all the rest of her books.Library copy
I was going to die. I was never going to get past the first step of the game, and I was going to die. -Chapter 4 Between the barbarian hordes waiting at our northern border for the first sign of weakness, and the peasant uprisings in the east, now is not the time for an inexperienced sheepherder ...
By way of contrast to The Magic Nesting Doll, this is a fairy tale set in an unspecified place and time best classified as Middle Ages, European. Despite its setting, it feels contemporary in the lesson it is teaching about how to be a decent, empathetic human being. It's light in tone, rather snark...