Picture Books: Pioneer Tales, Princess Tresses, and Tantrums | February 2018 Xpress Reviews

A mischievous baby visits a West African market with mama; Ludwig helps out a friend in a creative, multi-textual adventure; animal friends make time for one another in a gentle Spanish-language title; and much more in this month's Xpress.

Atinuke. Baby Goes to Market. illus. by Angela Brooksbank. 32p. Candlewick. Sept. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763695705.

Toddler-PreS –A joyful black baby and his mother go shopping in an open air market in West Africa, where unbeknownst to Mama, baby is busy collecting his own wares from a variety of vendors. The rhythmic text is perfectly suited for reading aloud, and young listeners will quickly pick up on the inside joke between author and listeners as the illustrations feature the mischievious baby on Mama’s back, adding his own items to the wide brimmed basket balanced atop her head. “Market is very crowded. Baby is very curious. Baby is so curious that Mrs. Ade, the banana seller, gives Baby six bananas. Baby is so surprised. Baby eats one banana…and puts five bananas in the basket.” The pattern of Mama shopping for her own goods and adding them to the basket, and Baby being given treats to snack on and store in Mama’s basket, turns the story into a clever count along. Brooksbank’s debut as illustrator is strong. The vibrant marketplace is filled with color, texture, and patterns created using a mixed-media palette. The opening and ending endpapers feature the same pattern that is on the wrap Mama uses to hold Baby on her back. VERDICT Young listeners will delight in getting to know Baby and his Mama as they shop throughout the market. Consider for first purchase in larger collections.–Lisa Kropp, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY

Boylan, Frank. The Magic in a Year. illus. by Sally Garland. 32p. Flowerpot. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781486713196.

PreS-Gr 2 –A girl with brown hair, black dots for eyes, and rosy cheeks loves each season. She shares why she loves each one, month by month. In January, bundled in a red coat, with a playful snowman and puppy, she loves the ice and snow and the chill that makes cheeks glow. As the months continue, the girl and pup enjoy various aspects of the seasons, splashing in a backyard pool or collecting falling leaves. Mixed-media illustrations of acrylics, stamp, and brushwork make use of both a pastel and vibrant color palette. Loose outlines of objects add whimsy and a bit of detail. The prose consists of two short rhyming sentences per spread. If each couplet were put together, it would read like one long poem in praise of the seasons. The author gives a nod of thanks for inspiration to Sara Coleridge’s 1834 poem, “The Garden Year.” This poem also appears printed at the end. VERDICT This book does indeed have a bit of magic in its sheer positive, upbeat viewpoint, which may assist readers in appreciating the little things that seasons offer.–Mindy Hiatt, Salt Lake County Library Services

Browne, Anthony. Willy and the Cloud. illus. by Anthony Browne. 32p. Candlewick. Nov. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763694982.

PreS-Gr 2 –Picture books about emotions can be difficult to pull off, and Browne’s light touch here leaves a lot up to interpretation. However, his spare text and appealing protagonist make the story and emotions accessible, and while not all children will interpret it the same way, they will likely come away with something worthwhile. Willy, Browne’s anthropomorphic chimp protagonist, is on his way to the park when he realizes that a cloud seems to be following him. Unable to enjoy himself, he heads home, but it keeps following him. Ultimately, he confronts it, it turns to rain, the sun comes out, and he heads to the park in a positive frame of mind. The artist uses clean lines, white space, and panels to show Willy’s attempt to escape from the cloud. When he realizes he has not escaped it, his coloring goes gray and his body posture becomes despondent. Willy’s joy, anger, frustration, and sadness are clear on his face throughout, and Browne continuously uses his color palette and body posture to emphasize the emotions he is portraying. The text is direct and straightforward, with not a wasted word, providing access to a wide age range of children. Whether the cloud represents anxiety, incessant worry, depression, or simply the facing of fears is up to interpretation, despite the flap text. Whichever it is, children will understand that it is about emotions and that Willy is confronting something. VERDICT Browne’s many fans and libraries looking for more books on emotions will find a lot to appreciate here.–Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Cossi, Paolo. El gato hechizado. illus. by Massimiliano Frezzato. 32p. Picarona. Sept. 2017. Tr $15.95. ISBN 9788491450764.

K-Gr 3 –Girotondo, the good witch’s black cat, is so mangy and misshapen that his description requires four of a stanza’s six lines and 12 of its 31 words! But he is big-hearted despite his nonexistent self-esteem, “…¡yo sólo un cretino!” (I’m only a cretin). Julieta, his mentor, agrees to teach him spellcraft when he is bewitched by an “exquisite” white (of course) cat. The young, blonde witch teaches him everything she knows as he pines away for his true love. After he is rewarded with his very own ritualistic black knife and white scythe, he confesses that what he really wants is a love potion recipe. Without the potion, Girotondo knows he doesn’t stand a chance with the nameless feline beauty. Julieta assures her friend that love itself is the only true magic. Graphic book artist Cossi’s rhyming romance takes the misguided cat on a journey of self-discovery. The effortless flow of meter and rhyme is a testament to the quality of the translation from Italian to Spanish. Frezzato’s crosshatched illustrations reveal his graphic novelist background. They are at turns detailed and fun—the comical scene when the concoction in the caldron explodes—or simplistic and puzzling: the insipid rendering of the white cat and the too-cute Girotondo—isn’t he supposed to be grotesque? VERDICT An accompanying adult is recommended as the advanced vocabulary and some specialized Wiccan terminology can prove challenging for the intended age group.–Mary Margaret Mercado, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ

GarcÍa, Ximena. Para cuidarte mejor. illus. by Ximena García. 30p. Uranito. Sept. 2017. Tr $10.95. ISBN 9788416773350.

PreS-Gr 1 –In this contemporary retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, a little girl called Caperucita is trying to convince her mother to visit her grandmother. However, mom is worried that it might be too dark and dangerous and not advisable for a little girl to walk all the way to grandma’s home by herself. Illustrator García offers a fresh version of the well-known tale with a setup that includes only two characters—mom and daughter. Here, an overly protective mom has to remind Caperucita to be careful of stairs, hot drinks, the hot oven, and even playing with the house cat, who can scratch the little girl. The narrative is familiar as mother and daughter exchange simple dialogue set in a small white font contrasting with the profound red background and Caperucita’s all-red outfit. In addition, the modern illustrations create a visual effect that is emphasized by the striking background combined with red, black, and white images accentuating the meaning of the text. This picture book works better in a modest storytime setting for preschool-age children, where the small font and format do not interfere in the reading experience. VERDICT A fine complement for the public library picture book collection.–Kathia Ibacache, Simi Valley Public Library, CA

Glaser, Shirley. If Apples Had Teeth. illus. by Milton Glaser. 40p. Enchanted Lion. Aug. 2017. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781592702268.

Gr 1-3 –Glaser is a celebrated graphic artist (the creator of the “I heart NY” logo), and it’s his pen-and-ink work that is the most effective element of this ephemeral picture book. Who among us has wondered what would happen “If polka dots were white and buttered?” Spoiler: “they would be popcorn.” Some of the conjectures have rhyme: “If mushrooms were hairy, they would be very scary,” and some don’t: “If snakes were salted, they would be pretzels.” There is no discernible pattern or reason for the absurdities except to ignite the imagination and perhaps amuse readers with these silly suppositions. VERDICT An additional but nonessential bit of nonsense with limited appeal.–Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY

Hancher, Adam. The Little Pioneer. illus. by Adam Hancher. 32p. Doubleday. Jan. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781524717926.

K-Gr 3 –Set in 1849, the story follows a young girl’s journey westward with her widowed mother and younger brothers in tow. Armed with just a glimmer of hope, the family loads all of their possessions onto an old wooden wagon and embarks on an uncertain trek across the Great Plains. A “gruff” old mountain man by the name of Mr. Reed leads them on their journey. Initially, he is thought of as being a wild man, and the girl avoids him at all cost. However, after being faced with several seemingly insurmountable obstacles, she soon learns that “it helps to know wild folks” in wild places. In the end, the child finds an unlikely hero in both herself and Mr. Reed. Told from the young girl’s point of view, the story provides a realistic portrayal of the highs and lows of the budding pioneer’s experiences. However, the true brilliance of this story is captured in the illustrations. As the story unfolds, images shift from light to dark, displaying a contrast between hope and despair. Broken dialect add a layer of realism and make characters more appealing. Likewise, a powerful message about hope and resilience serves as an overarching theme. VERDICT A spectacular visual journey through time, great for read-alouds.–Andrea Jamison, Lincoln Elementary School, Calumet City, IL

Hay, Gay. Go, Green Gecko! illus. by Margaret Tolland. 40p. Starfish Bay Children’s Bks. May 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781760360337.

PreS-Gr 1 –Life for a gecko means constantly being on alert. Whether on a branch or in the grass, a gecko needs to be aware of its surroundings. This is emphasized in the text with the repeated phrase, “Watching out for danger.” The end of the phrase, though, changes throughout the title. For example, “looking all around,” “looking here and there,” “looking far and wide.” This title does a good job in introducing preschoolers to life sciences, and the simple text makes this a good selection for a storytime. The story is easy to follow and includes one foldout page where a gecko apparently scares off a bird with its bark. Large illustrations are another reason this would work well in a group setting. The artwork, which is mostly in greens and browns, depicts geckos, which will probably appeal to many children. The end includes interesting facts about geckos. For example, the title says, “Instead of eyelids that shut, the gecko has clear skin over its eyes. It licks its eyes with its special tongue to keep them clean and moist.” VERDICT A basic introduction to the life sciences presented as an informational picture book.–Robin Sofge, Prince William Public Library System, VA

Hirst, Daisy. Hilda and the Runaway Baby. illus. by Daisy Hirst. 32p. Candlewick. Sept. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780763694906.

PreS –A surprisingly funny and sweet story of friendship. “At the top of the hill was a village, and in the village lived a baby who was never where people expected him to be./Which is why he was known as the Runaway Baby.” Baby’s poor parents are in a constant state of befuddlement, as illustrated in the screenprinted drawings showing Baby hiding in the middle of a bookshelf, in a pail, the laundry basket, under a chair, or in the cupboard. One day, while out on a walk with his parents, the Runaway Baby notices a particular yellow bird as it flies away, and off Baby goes, down the hill in his carriage headed straight toward a kind and orderly pig named Hilda who lives at the foot of the hill. When Hilda sees the runaway carriage, she instantly chases after it and catches the Runaway Baby as he leaps out. Hilda, being the responsible character in this chaotic and zany story, calmly deposits Baby back in his carriage and reunites him with his worried family. But then the Runaway Baby wakes up alone in his crib in the middle of the night and remembers his new friend, and he howls. Baby carries on so much that Hilda hears him, all the way down the hill and outside the village. Being a good pig, she leaves her house and runs back up the hill to the Runaway Baby’s house, where she is welcomed. VERDICT A raucous ride. Consider for larger picture book and storytime collections that appreciate nonsensical humor and lots of action.–Lisa Kropp, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY

Kraljiç, Helena. ¡No tengo tiempo! illus. by Maja Lubi. 32p. Picarona. Sept. 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9788491450801.

PreS-Gr 2 –No one has time for Tim the bear, “Ni un minuto. Ni un segundo. Ni una centésima de segundo.” (“Not one minute. Not one second. Not one hundredth of a second.”) He has something very important to tell his friends, but neither Vicky the squirrel, Willie the badger, nor Bonny the bunny will stop their winter foraging to listen. With no sign of Tim, the three friends begin to worry and feel guilty for having ignored the bear. Then spring arrives bringing the sun and…Tim! The friends greet the fleet-footed hungry bear, who sings back their old refrain. “Now I have no time. Not one minute. Not one second. Not one hundredth of a second.” Vicky, Willy, and Bonny are upset by Tim’s rudeness—the nerve! They haven’t seen him for months, yet he can’t take one measly minute to greet his friends? All three complain until Tim explains that he hasn’t eaten in four months and that he had tried to tell them about holing up in his den, but no one had given him even one measly minute. Chastened, Bonny declares that from that day forward they will always make time for each other. Although this is a translation from Slovenian to Spanish, there is no awkwardness of phrasing and the story flows smoothly. Lubi’s familiar style of soft pastel, nursery-wall art takes the sting from the friends’ hurt feelings. VERDICT Kraljiç’s gentle exploration of thoughtless acts toward loved ones encourages discussions of subsequent unintended repercussions. A strong choice for Spanish-language picture book shelves.–Mary Margaret Mercado, Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ

Löhlein, Henning. Ludwig the Sea Dog. illus. by Henning Löhlein. 32p. Kane Miller. Dec. 2017. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781610677080.

K-Gr 2 –Ludwig the dog receives a postcard from his friend Peter the Penguin, asking for help with his submarine stuck at the bottom of the ocean. Ludwig wishes to help, but having lived his life literally in a book and with no knowledge of the sea, he is unable to assist. With the help of his friends, some of whom he pulled from other books, he’s finally able to help out and complete his journey. The overall story of conquering fears to help friends is nothing new, but the fact that Ludwig and his friends are book characters and travel to different environments via books or postcards is an interesting idea that pays off—once readers figure out the concept, as it isn’t effectively introduced. The artwork is adorable: a nice combination of cartoons, collage, and some photography. Most of the pages are in 3-D, which definitely adds to the appeal. However, not all the visuals have that desired effect; some of the artwork seems to pop out better than others, while the others only partially stand out and can seem a bit confusing with glasses on. VERDICT An adorable adventure, with or without the special effects.–Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI

McGinnis, Mark W. The Show-Off Monkey and Other Taoist Tales. illus. by Mark W. McGinnis. 80p. Shambhala. Aug. 2017. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781611803471.

Gr 2-5 –This title attempts to introduce Taoist ideals—such as simplicity, acceptance, humility, and harmony with nature—in these 33 anecdotes. In a pithy paragraph or two, McGinnis relates a conversation between a sage and someone who poses a question. The lessons he imparts are drawn from the observation and appreciation of nature. The nicely composed acrylic paintings are evocative of Asian brush paintings, and the selective use of color directs readers focus effectively. VERDICT This Taoist influenced book might be a hard sell, but the teachings are worth thinking about and discussing.–Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY

McPike, Elizabeth. Everything You. illus. by Jay Fleck. 32p. Farrar. Dec. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780374301415.

Toddler-PreS –A gentle and simple look at animal families awaiting a new arrival, Everything You celebrates the joyful emotions a family experiences upon the addition of a new baby. The rhyming text begins with two alligators and a very large egg, accompanied by the text, “We wait and we wait,/we watch all day through,/and our dreams while we wait/are of everything you.” Each spread then features a different animal family with two poetic sentences. This pattern repeats throughout until the last page turn, when the original alligator family reappears, this time with a baby alligator peeking out of a cracked open eggshell. “You’re every wish answered,/our hearts, how they grew…/every day countless,/everything you.” The graphic-style illustrations are cloyingly sweet and endearing, suitably matching the text, and the color tones are mellow and soft. VERDICT A sweet addition to general picture book collections and those early childhood collections looking to expand offerings in the “new baby” genre.–Lisa Kropp, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY

Miller, Sharee. Princess Hair. 32p. Little, Brown. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316562614.

PreS-Gr 2 –The premise of this delightful picture book is that underneath their crowns, princesses have a variety of hairstyle choices. From Afros to curls to dreadlocks, youngsters are shown reveling in all the different ways to wear their tresses. Puffs, twist outs, and frohawks are just a few of styles that are celebrated. Lovely rhyming text and vibrant illustrations depict how kids can achieve that perfect look. For example, little princesses with braids are shown joyously marching in parades, while others with head wraps dreamily take long naps. The message of choosing whatever style brings happiness promotes poise and self-confidence. This book, with its theme of the beauty of diversity, will resonate with princesses everywhere VERDICT A strong choice for picture book collections.–Mary Jennings, Camano Island Library, WA

Mills, Carolyn Huizinga. The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain. illus. by Brooke Kerrigan. 32p. Fitzhenry & Whiteside. Oct. 2017. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781554553952.

PreS-Gr 2 –Sally is a lonely middle child who misinterprets “Baa Baa Black Sheep” and starts speaking to the little boy who lives down the drain. She tells him all about her isolation from her parents and older siblings and how annoying the baby is, but she doesn’t hear anything until she yells down the drain and it echoes back “try something different.” She approaches her family differently and finds her place. The illustrations feature a presumably white family, in soft pastel and patterned collage illustrations, and the subject is one that will circulate. VERDICT A silly and refreshing take on the middle child’s experience.–Lisa Nowlain, Nevada County Community Library, CA

Newbold, Amy. If Picasso Painted a Snowman. illus. by Greg Newbold. 36p. Tilbury House. Nov. 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780884485933.

Gr 1-4 –Did you ever wonder how Vincent van Gogh would paint a snowman? Or how Georgia O’Keeffe might depict the frozen subject? This book shows the reader how 17 well-known artists might illustrate this particular subject matter. The story begins with the simple way most know: draw three circles, add the eyes, triangle shaped nose, and a dotted smile. Then things become interesting. A snowman shape is incorporated into a famous artist’s painting or one is created in his/her style. Instead of melting clocks, as in Salvador Dalí’s painting, we see liquefied snowmen. There is a pointillism snowman in the style of Georges Seurat, and you’ll never look at Grant Wood’s American Gothic painting the same again. The artwork is excellent as the illustrator captures the artist’s style perfectly. The slight amount of text is just enough to engage young readers. A small hamster is the guide throughout. He dons a beret, mustache, or a bandaged ear (a tribute to van Gogh). The hamster may not be on every page, but when he is present, he adds humor. The end of the book includes information about the artists named and a bit about their individual styles of art. VERDICT An excellent way to introduce children to classic artists and their styles. It also might encourage budding artists to think outside the box and create images in their own unique style.–Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA

Pichora, Mike. Stargazing. illus. by Mike Pichora. 53p. Ingram. Oct. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780995964525; pap. $11.99. ISBN 9780995964501.

Gr 1-5 –Jane and her father are camping and stargazing when he starts to mention how much he knows about space, insinuating that he might be an alien. This story is a tour of unrealistic planets with fantastical creatures and too-good-to-be-true landscapes. A fictional story told in rhyme, Pichora sprinkles in some factual information about Earth, space, and the entire solar system toward the middle and the end. Children will enjoy hunting for Zap the Alien on each page, similar to the way Mo Willems hides the Pigeon in each of his books. Zap even includes his fun “Travel Tips” by rating each planet and its viability as a vacation spot. Pichora creates beautiful digital art as a first-time illustrator (not including the pictures of seven of the eight planets, which were provided by NASA). There are multiple words that children might not understand, with no dedicated glossary, so adult assistance may be necessary. The organization makes the story difficult to follow because the longer factual information is interspersed with the lyrical story line. With no sources listed and no additional resources for extended study, this book will likely appeal to a limited audience. VERDICT This purchase is likely to be more popular for individual buyers, such as families with children who have a strong affinity for astronomy.–Kristin Unruh, Siersma Elementary School, Warren, MI

Sorman, Joy. Blob: The Ugliest Animal in the World. tr. from French by Sarah Klinger. illus. by Olivier Tallec. 48p. Enchanted Lion. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781592702077.

PreS-Gr 2 –Follow the arc of a contest, fame, and a fall from grace from the perspective of the ugliest animal in the world. Blob the blobfish travels from deep in the ocean under a trench coat to compete against other (actual) animals. When he wins, the president of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society gives a stirring speech about resisting the deceit of cute animals, and Blob goes on to be famous and then spoiled by his fame. When his reign ends, he returns home to tell tales at the bottom of the ocean. Tallec’s illustration style shines in this silly story through charcoal, paint, and pencil. The small format and the long paragraphs give it a chapter book feel while still being short enough to read aloud. The lack of moralizing is refreshing, and the story is well paced and amusing. VERDICT A subtle and charming French import with a great sense of humor.–Lisa Nowlain, Nevada County Community Library, CA

Tendo, Arata. What What What. tr. from Japanese by David G. Boyd. illus. by Ryoji Arai. 48p. Enchanted Lion. Nov. 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781592702374.

K-Gr 3 –Pan’s curiosity is so insatiable that most people get annoyed with his constant questioning. However, there are those who benefit from it. Pan isn’t afraid to speak to those in distress, and because of his compassion and relentlessness, an abused boy is saved. Every one of Tendo’s lines has purpose; he moves the plot along, and changes readers’ feelings toward Pan at a very deliberate pace. He also handles rather mature topics with aplomb by filtering them through the lens of a child who only understands that something is wrong. Praise should be given to the translator for a translation that positively pulls at your heart strings and is flexible enough for a word like dõshita (which is explained in the back). This is a third-person narrative, so Pan gets the chance to depict what he remembers through the artwork. Arai’s naive style strikes that perfect balance between mimicking the mindset and capabilities of a child drawing with traditional media (including crayons) while delivering the quality expected from an award-winning illustrator. Unlike many picture books dealing with the theme of curiosity, What What What? is not just about this occasionally annoying habit. It teaches that we don’t always question things enough, and that, only when we do, can we stop bad things from happening. VERDICT A powerful book that moves readers to think about their moral obligation to ask questions. A must-buy.–Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ont.

Van Lieshout, Maria. No More Tantrums. illus. by Maria Van Lieshout. 24p. (Big Kid Power). Chronicle. Nov. 2017. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781452162898.

Toddler-PreS –In the vein of Bye-Bye Binky and I Use the Potty comes No More Tantrums. The cover image shows a preschooler who is visibly angry and crying with her arms stiffened at her sides. She is the main character and reflects back on the time when she lacked patience. “When I was little and didn’t get my way, I cried.” Digital images, all in the palette of coral, brown, white and black, portray a very unhappy toddler in an emotional battle with her father; resulting in a full-blown temper tantrum. The protagonist takes us to the present when she is clearly now a “big kid” and has learned to cope with her emotions by counting and breathing slowly. Sometimes she even asks for a hug and that makes her feel so much better. The book ends with a proclamation that “I’m a Big Kid,” followed by a message to parents and caregivers from the author about how she used to handle the tantrums of her own son. VERDICT With a topic that almost every parent can relate to, this short and charming tale about toddler tantrums reminds readers that it is normal and that it does indeed get better. This book shows young children that there are alternate ways to deal with big feelings.–Kristen Todd-Wurm, Middle Country Public Library, NY

Watts, Bernadette, retel. The Enchanted Nightingale: The Classic Grimm’s Tale of Jorinda and Joringel. illus. by Bernadette Watts. 32p. Floris. Sept. 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781782504368.

K-Gr 4 –Two young lovers go for an evening stroll and venture too close to the castle of a witch with a nasty reputation. True to the rumors, the witch appears, promptly freezes Joringel and turns Jorinda into a nightingale. Joringel begs for Jorinda’s freedom and is refused. With a pragmatism that does him credit, lovesick Joringel gets a job. Working as a shepherd, he dreams that he possesses a magical flower to free victims of the witch’s enchantments. Finding it days later, Joringel fearfully travels to the witch’s castle and uses the protected status granted by the flower to free Jorinda. In what is perhaps the largest quantity of happily ever afters in any single tale, the story ends with 701 weddings, when all the girls who had been turned into birds by the witch are freed and reunited with their sweethearts. The text is clear, matter-of-fact, and frank. A cloud of fatalism and the inevitability of tragedy to come hangs over the story and is at odds with the character of Joringel, who, while practical, remains hopeful. Watts’s ink-and-watercolor illustrations are at once lush and delicate. Most paintings are glowing, painstakingly colored nature scenes. Her soft illustrations are feathery, textured, layered, and strike just the right note between hope and despair to complement the narrative. VERDICT This tale has been skillfully illustrated with great imagination and is a welcome addition to fairy tale collections as an introduction to two lesser-known Grimm characters.–Lauren Younger, New York Public Library

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