Hansel and Gretel

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Hansel and Gretel

Walmart # 569487497
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James Marshall's retelling of this "grimm" tale is now available in paperback. When Hansel and Gretel are abandoned in the woods by their nasty stepmother, they are welcomed with open arms into the cottage of a sweet old lady. The pair soon discovers they've jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Full color. An American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists" and School Library Journal Best Books of the Year.

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The first thing that I no

The first thing that I noticed about this book was that the illustrations were not traditional, which I liked. I also noticed that the way the characters were all drawn (short and chubby) wasn't what I was expecting, as the Hansel and Gretel that I had remembered reading looked more life-like than cartoonish. In the story, I thought it was funny how the author added humor to the retelling like when the wife complains about the kids eating all the food. She says, "do you want your pretty little wife to waste away?" and then the illustrations shows the wife with her cheeks stuffed indicating that she is already overweight. I also liked how in the story "the snow-white bird led them to a clearing where there was a small house made of cookies and candy, spun sugar cake." This was the light at the end of the tunnel for Hansel and Gretel, as they finally had found food to eat. Not only was it food, since the house was made out of sweets I felt it would be relatable to young children. However, when the Witch in the story captured Hansel and Gretel and put Hansel in a cage, I felt the store might not be good for young readers. In addition, the witch had bad eyesight (said to be a known fact about witches based on the book) so she thought Hansel wasn't fattening up in his cage so she could cook and eat him. When the Witch tries to eat them however, they push her in the fire "the horrid Witch roasted to a regular crisp." Although I like the tradition of the Hansel and Gretel tale, I thought it was a little bit harsh for a children's book. The main idea for this book is to not talk to strangers and wander off alone.

In my opinion this book w

In my opinion this book was an interesting version of "Hansel and Gretel". I liked that the illustrations were so colorful and creative. Although they were a little dark and twisted, they really helped to enhance the plot and make the reader feel a part of the story. I liked the plot of this particular version because at the end the children escape the witch and return to their parents. I think that the message of this story is to teach children not to wander off alone or be too trusting of strangers.

I have mixed feelings abo

I have mixed feelings about this book. The story is illustrated by the author. I like the illustrations, but I do wonder why all of the women in the story are drawn unbecomingly. I like most of the word choice used in the book except for when the mother calls Hansel names such as "Simpleton." Although, this was a way to stress her unkind nature. The big idea for this story addresses survival for the two children.

The main message in this

The main message in this story is about the survival of two clever children. It shows that evil does not win in the end. I liked this book a lot for it's illustrations. The illustrations are child like and are something that I could mimic. The illustrator does a good job of incorporating the text into the illustrations for some of the pages. For example, on one page it's entirely filled with illustration and the text is written over the black night sky in white ink. The author didn't separate the text there, but kept it as part of the whole picture. Following that, another reason I liked the illustrations was because the style was mixed up. The example above would be on one page but the next would be white and filled with just text. Another example was a page where the background was white and it was separated into three parts. It went text first, then there was a box underneath with a matching picture, and then more text underneath that. The page next to it had no text at all but just a full page illustration. I liked that there was a variety of technique used throughout.

This classic folktale is

This classic folktale is revamped with colorful illustrations and friendly language. It teaches children to stay with their family no matter what problems occur and that strangers are to be avoided. I enjoyed this book because it takes an old tales and make sit new again.
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