Rich, ethereal illustrations star in this version of the familiar fairy tale. Jorinda and Joringel, two young lovers, wander into an enchanted forest where Jorinda is turned into a nightingale by the resident witch. Guided by a dream, Joringel finds a red flower that breaks the spell and frees his beloved and thousands of other bewitched girls. The no-nonsense prose tells the story quickly, allowing the illustrations to create a romantic world of gossamer leaves and flowers, iridescent-eyed animals, and softly muted colors. An untraditional witch whose deathlike face peers eerily out of her shroud and the two lovers, portrayed as wide-eyed and barefoot preadolescent children, contribute to the haunting, dreamlike quality of the illustrations. For readers who like their fairy tales to look like fairy tales.
Pub Date: March 1, 1987
Page Count: 32
Publisher: Century Hutchinson--dist. by David & Charles