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. Volume XIX Number 27. . . .March 15, 2013
Jake and his friends, Lily and Ben, are visiting Jake’s grandmother’s farm. The straw in the barn leads the three to talk about different tales they know that involve guessing the name of a helpful but self-interested character. Through this narrative, three similar fairy tales are introduced; including “Elf “ (from Germany), “Lady In Green” (from Ireland), and “The Bridge” from Japan. After the story, there is a section titled “About the Stories,” which provides a description of the origins of Rumpelstiltskin and the other versions from It’s Not About the Straw.
The vocabulary is simple yet presents all of the detail needed to make each story specific to the region from which it comes. The combination of all three stories is short enough to keep a reader’s interest but not so long that the three linked stories become boring With the inclusion of illustrations, the overall format of the book fits well with the series title, “Easy-To-Read Wonder Tales”. Though the original story of Rumpelstiltskin is not explicitly told, educators could enjoy the opportunity for comparison between/among the three stories, with the added bonus of extending to a fourth text. This title would also transfer well into a dramatic interpretation.
Kate Hachborn is a library technician at the W. Ross Macdonald School in Brantford, ON.
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