Toad into heart-stoppingly handsome prince via virtuous maiden is an eternally satisfying fairy tale enjoyed by younger...

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THE BLACK HEART OF INDRI

Toad into heart-stoppingly handsome prince via virtuous maiden is an eternally satisfying fairy tale enjoyed by younger girls even if it is a staple for stand-up comedy satire among adults. Indri, a black hearted frog, the son of a beautiful Chinese water sprite, recognized and yearned for beauty but hated himself and everyone else who came near the stream where he hoarded the water of life. In attempting to bilk Indri of his due after the frog had provided the water needed to save his dying son, a village headman unwittingly sets up the situation by which Indri can take the form of prince. The headman's daughter must stay for nine days and her love works the customary miracle. Janina Domanska does her usual careful, good looking work in illustrations that suggest Oriental screens to support a smooth text. The preoccupation with greed and hospitality, identifying features of Far Eastern fairytales, provides the exotic framework for a familiar storyline. Easy to tell, read and look at.

Pub Date: April 27, 1966

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Scribners

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1966