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. Volume XIX Number 34. . . .May 3, 2013
It’s Not About the Ball! is from a series of 10 books by Veronika Martenova Charles. Each book explores a single well-known fairy tale by retelling it in versions from different cultures. In this case, the title,"It's Not About the Ball!", refers to a central object, a ball, found in a well-known version of "The Frog Prince" but is not found in any of the alternate stories which share the theme of a royal person who is cursed into being a frog and is freed by an act of true love.
This volume begins with an introduction by author Charles in which three children, playing by a pond, spot a frog and are reminded of the story of “The Frog Prince”. Each child goes on the tell the others a frog prince story, stories which comprise the three following chapters in the book. The stories are: “The Promise”, from Scotland; “The Frog Boy”, from Vietnam; and “The Singing Frog”, from Chile.
Author Charles and her illustrator, David Parkins, bring each story to life with simple vocabulary and detailed illustrations respectively. Young readers will find the stories easy to understand and also interesting to compare thematically.
Robert Groberman is a grade three teacher at Kirkbride Elementary School in Surrey, BC.
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