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Marushka and the Month Brother [Hardcover]

Philemon Sturges , Anna Vojtech , A Vojtech , P Sturges

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Book Description

Sept. 1 1996
This traditional folk tale, told in Czech and Slovak villages for countless generations, is a satisfying story of virture rewarded and evil punished. Kindhearted Marushka cannot win the love of her jealous stepmother and stepsister. Hoping to be rid of Marushka, they send her on a series of impossible errands. But someone of power comes to Marushka's aid. Full color.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: NorthSouth (Sept. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558586288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558586284
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 20.8 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,073,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Revisiting a favorite folktale from her childhood in Czechoslovakia, Vojtech teams again with Sturges, her collaborator on Ten Flashing Fireflies. They lace their lyrical narrative with affecting imagery as they retell the plight of lovely Marushka, whose "warm smile could thaw a January day." Yet it has no such effect on her cruel stepmother and demanding stepsister. During the bitterly cold winter, they set the patient girl to impossible tasks, bidding her to fetch violets, juicy strawberries and fresh apples. Marushka fills each of these outlandish requests with the help of the Month Brothers, 12 godlike figures she discovers seated around a fire in a snowy hollow. Vojtech's softly focused paintings accentuate, with gentle humor, the contrast between the kind, hardworking Marushka and her greedy, lazy tormentors. While kids will giggle at the lumpy stepsister's decidedly pig-like nose, such details don't interrupt the overall impression of timeless grace. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-Large-eyed, fair-haired Marushka is sent by her evil stepmother and stepsister into a storm in this retelling of a familiar Slavic folktale. She climbs toward the light and discovers the 12 Month Brothers, who help her to meet the impossible challenges that her relatives impose on her-finding violets in January, strawberries soon after, etc. Everyday language ("Your sister wants strawberries! Get some for her") is supported by full-color, water-based illustrations that display a hint of irony. The stepsister's nose is turned up, pig-like, sniffing violets, while Marushka makes a blot on the horizon as she trudges off for berries. Interesting composition lifts this treatment above the ordinary, with well-lit faces and changing angles. In the end, Marushka is free of the two step-bullies and finds friendship in the enduring light of the Month Brothers. Collections that do not include Beatrice Schenk de Regniers and Margot Tomes's Little Sister and the Month Brothers (Clarion, 1976) will welcome this pleasing offering. It makes a satisfying read-aloud or a good choice for independent reading.
Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Colorful Czechoslovakian Folktale Nov. 27 2001
By Terrie - Published on Amazon.com
Many people have told and retold the folktale about Marushka and the cruel way her stepmother and lazy stepsister treat her. This retelling is much the same as the others so I withheld one star. However, Marushka's story is a classic one of good-hearted innocence triumphing over selfishness and this version includes the marvelous characters, the Month Brothers who are instrumental in helping poor Marushka to accomplish the impossible tasks she is ordered to do. The illustrations are folksy and simple but just filled with atmosphere and are the best part of the book. It is an overall pleasurable read with the repetitive sort of storyline that helps little ones learn to follow a plot.
4.0 out of 5 stars My dad's favorite story to read to me as a kid... April 10 2010
By K - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been looking for this story for my dad for a while... We had a collection of books that had (a slightly different version of) this story & I was excited to find this. It has gorgeous pictures & is told very well. 4stars just because it's not the exact version I was looking for.

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