Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

by Brothers Grimm


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Hansel and Gretel are abandoned in the woods by their wicked stepmother. Lost, hungry and exhausted, they come across a strange house made of sweets. This is a wonderful sight for two hungry children, but they soon find out the owner is a wicked witch with her own ideas about what is tasty. The artwork combines illustration and collage techniques to bring this spooky, but quirky classic to life.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A classic Grimm Brothers tale gets an all-new look in this stunning retelling.” – 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library

“Even the most jaded reader may find his scalp prickling with dread at the sight of Sybille Schenker's illustrations in "Hansel and Gretel" (Minedition, 52 pages, $29.99).…. Ms. Schenker uses inky silhouettes and paper-cut images on translucent paper to make this most familiar of Grimm tales feel alarmingly new.” – Wall Street Journal

School Library Journal

Gr 3 Up—Anyone introducing the story of "Hansel and Gretel" to children for the first time will want to choose an edition with representational illustrations that provide solid visual clues to the story. Those adaptations exist in abundance, but this book is not one of them. Czech artist Pacovská's version is quite the opposite, supplementing the traditional Grimm Brothers' text with semiabstract images that compel viewers to come up with new interpretations of the familiar tale. Why does the witch, rather than the two children, dominate the cover? Why has the artist scrawled wolves on random pages? Is this primarily a story about the abandonment of children, a cautionary tale about the dangers lurking in the forest, or something else altogether? Pacovská, past winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Medal, is embraced internationally for her work, but her sophisticated approach to picture book making has yet to find the right audience in the United States. Her illustrations, relying on silver foil and a palette of bright colors and rendered in geometric shapes and bold brushstrokes, have caught the eye of many adult art lovers but fewer adults who work with young people. Unfortunately, the typographical errors found in this volume do not reflect the usual quality of this European-based publisher, but that may matter less when the book is picked up for its illustrations rather than for the tale it tells. Ideal for demonstrating how a single text can be open to various meanings, this title would be a perfect way to promote both literary interpretation and visual literacy in a literature or art classroom. VERDICT Not for everyone, but budding artists would be delighted to discover this displayed on a shelf.—Susan Stan, Professor Emerita of English, Central Michigan University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781530743100
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/26/2016
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.08(d)
Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

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