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Hansel and Gretel Paperback – Oct 23 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (Oct. 23 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744543649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744543643
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 0.4 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,064,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

This magnificently illustrated Caldecott Honor book features an understated retelling of the classic tale. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

 Rika Lesser is a poet and translator of Swedish and German literature.

Paul Zelinsky was born in Evanston, Illinois. He attended Yale University, where he took a course with Maurice Sendak, which later inspired him to pursue a career in children's books. Afterwards he received a graduate degree in painting from Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia and Rome. Paul Zelinsky lives in New York with his wife, Deborah, and the younger of their two daughters.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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Format: Hardcover
And the award for worst parents in the world goes to... The Woodcutter and his Wife.

I never understood why the father agrees to abandon his children. Then at the end when they come back rich, everyone is happy? Awful parents!

I feel this retelling could have been better. I did not feel the drama of the witch wanting to eat the children.

The illustrations were wooden and wanting. It reminds me of my teachers telling me that it does not matter how much time you spend on the pretty painting, if the structure is not solid underneath. The gingerbread house was not made of gingerbread! Nor marzipan. It did not look appetising at all. Instead of being made of delicacies that most poor people of that time would never have seen, it is made of bread and pancakes?

Disappointing.

I did like the page at the end about the origin of the story.

I got his book from the Toronto Public Library.
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Format: Hardcover
As a 5 and 6 year old, I recall reading this stark version of the fairy-tale. The illustrations here are simply beautiful! I remember talking to my mom about the issues in this tale -- famine and starvation, abandonment, cannibalism, supporting, being supported by your sibling, and returning/reunited to your family after being through everything.
My mom helped me understand the mom's behaviour in this story, and I hope I can do that for my son some day. Like all fairy tales, this simply looks at some of the worst that could happen, and lets you see a way out. I read it without these gorgeous illustrations too. You can't disney all of life, though I admit, I'm a sentimental soft-hearted person who cries when the cats get rained on when I'm watching the Aristocats :-) Enjoy, and think too ...
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Format: Hardcover
Hansel and Gretel is a classic story about a family that lives in the woods. The father is a woodcutter and the family is very poor. The mother convinces the father that they should go out into the woods and leave their children there. She says that it is the only way they will survive. Hansel heard his parents talking about this one night and he told Gretel. The next day, their parents told them that they were going into the forest to chop wood. Hansel took a handful of pebbles and dropped them a little bit at a time on their way. This was so they could find their way back home. The idea worked. The mother and father decided to try again. This time Hansel dropped breadcrumbs, but the birds of the forest ate the breadcrumbs and the children were lost. They started walking and came upon a house made of candy. Little did they know, a witch lived inside. The witch tried cooking Hansel, but Gretel managed to shove the witch into the oven. Hansel and Gretel found lots of pearls and diamonds in boxes in the witches house. They shoved them into their pockets and left. They finally found their way home and when they got there, they found out that the mother had died.
This book has always been one of my favorites. When you add Zelinsky illustration's it is a literary success. Rika Lesser did an incredible job of retelling this classic. The umbrella theme of children's literature of, "if you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything" is hidden in the fairy tale book.
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Format: Paperback
Hansel and Gretel is a book about a family of a wife and a husband who have two children. The father is a woodcutter and at the moment they are very poor. The stepmother convinces the father that they should go out into the woods and leave their children there. She says that that is the only way they will survive. Hansel heard their parents talking about this one night and he told Gretel. The next day, their parents told them that they were going into the forest to chop wood. Hansel took a handful of pebbles and dropped them a little bit at a time on their way. This was so they could find their way back home. The idea worked. The stepmother and father decided to try again though. This time, Hansel dropped bread crumbs, but they fell asleep and when they awoke, the bread crumbs were gone. They started walking, at last they found a house that was made of candy. Little did they know, a witch lived inside. The witch tried cooking Hansel, but Gretel managed to shove the witch into the oven. Hansel and Gretel found lots of pearls and diamonds in boxes in the witches house. They shoved them into their pockets and left. They finally found their way home and when they got there, they found out that the stepmother had died. The children and their father lived happily ever after though, and they had plenty to eat!
I think that it was a very good children's book. the detail was understandable for children. There were pictures on every page, so that also helps the children to be able to understand the story better. I liked how creative the author was. I liked how the story ended happily, but there was one thing I did not like about the book. I did not like that the stepmother was so mean to the children. I think that will make children think that adults (especially stepmothers) are always mean. I am glad though that the stepmother was the one who died at the end, and not the father.
By, Tasha (...)
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By A Customer on July 29 2001
Format: Hardcover
Although I love Zelinsky's work I didn't purchase this title because Hansel and Gretel was always my least favorite fairy tale. But I find it almost beyond belief that people are complaining about it's subject matter. What versions are these people reading? These tales were originally written for adults and then rewritten for children. It's definitely NOT a tale for very young children and never was. It should be ok, though, for the slightly older ones who like to be scared a bit. I always avoided it because of the child abuse/abandonment and cannibalism aspects. But I never realized people thought it was about anything else. Maybe I'm just used to the Grimm's versions because I collect fairy tale books but if you're going to make this a non-violent tale, you'd have to pretty much rewrite the whole fairy tale. I have to give this book high marks for staying true to the original tale and for the wonderful artwork. If people don't know what Hansel and Gretel is about by now they will after reading these reviews, at least. Puzzling.
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