Hansel and Gretel

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Puffin Books, 1996 - Juvenile Fiction - 44 pages
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The first Grimm tale illustrated by 1998 Caldecott medalist Paul O. Zelinsky is once again available in hardcover. Originally published in 1984, Zelinsky's paintings for "Hansel and Gretel" are as compelling as his later work and will captivate readers with their mysterious beauty, emotional power, and brilliant originality. Each spread brings to life a world as rich and real as our own— detailed, colorful, sensual— yet filled with the unearthly shadowed magic of the Hansel and Gretel folktale. Whether portraying the fear and anguish of children abandoned by their parents, the delicious sumptuousness of a candy house, or the joy of being reunited with one's family, the artist captures the subtle nuances of emotion and the tactile quality of the physical world with exquisite accuracy and elegance. The hauntingly spare retelling of this perennial favorite by the poet Rika Lesser perfectly complements the vivid storytelling of Zelinsky's artwork. Once again this gifted artist gives us a unique interpretation of a beloved fairy tale, allowing us to both see it anew and rediscover its eternal truths.

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The illustrations in this book are fantastic. - Goodreads
To me the pictures were bland and not very colorful. - LibraryThing
It has a happy ending. - Goodreads
Another aspect that I did not like was the pictures. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Barb Keister - Goodreads

Caldecott Honor so I probably don't need to say this is a beautifully illustrated version of the Grimms tale. I was lucky enough to meet the illustrator at Dublin Literacy Conference 2015 so now have a signed copy too! Read full review

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User Review  - Morgan Groth - Goodreads

Literary Elements: Characters- both children are brave and smart; antagonist is the witch and also the mother; protagonist would be the children. I don't think I would read this in a class since it ... Read full review


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Rika Lesser is widely known for her prize-winning translation of poetry: Guide to the Underworld by Gunnar Ekelof, Rilke: Between Roots, and A Child Is Not a Knife: Selected Poems of Goran Sonnevi.

Paul O. Zelinsky Paul O. Zelinsky was born in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He received his B. A. from Yale and his M. F. A. from the Tyler School of Art, and from there went on to become an award winning illustrator. Zelinsky is the illustrator of three Caldecott Honor books, including "Hansel and Gretel" published in 1985, "Rumpelstiltskin" in 1987, and "Swamp Angel" by Anne Isaacs in 1995. He is the adapter and illustrator of "The Maid and the Mouse and the Odd-shaped House," "The Lion and the Stoat," "The Wheels on the Bus," and the illustrator of a trio of books by Beverly Cleary.

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