Hansel and Gretel Paperback – Oct 23 1995
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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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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?
I did like the page at the end about the origin of the story.
I got his book from the Toronto Public Library.
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 ...
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.
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 (...)
Most recent customer reviews
Hansel and Gretel is my fav fairy tales. Almost all stories of Grimm have moral values and this one is no exception. Fairy tales were told as form of entertainment too. Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by Ilaxi S. Patel
As other reviewer here have noted, this story is not the 'watered down' modern version of the tale. I would not recommend the book for especially senstive kids. Read morePublished on July 31 2000
Despite the ridiculous, overly sensitive reviews above, claiming that Hansel and Gretel is too violent for children, I think that such stories are of great value to children. Read morePublished on June 27 2000
The back of the book explains that this retelling of the Hansel & Gretel story is consistent with an early version of the same first published by the Brothers Grimm. Read morePublished on May 26 2000
When you think of kids stories, fairy tales, even fable what comes to mind? Cinderella, snow white, Hensle and Grettle maybe. Read morePublished on May 23 2000 by Bryan Robinson