BOOTS AND THE GLASS MOUNTAIN by Claire Martin

BOOTS AND THE GLASS MOUNTAIN

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A restructuring of Asbjornsen and Moe's ``The Princess on the Glass Hill.'' Martin modernizes the language, prunes descriptions and repetitions, and adds unnecessary explanations, a romantic source for Boots's tinderbox, and the threat of a troll groom if the princess's suitors fail. The result is acceptable, though hardly an improvement: more accessible, but without the wonderful folkloric cadence of the traditional Dasent or Lang versions. The extraordinary Russian illustrator provides sumptuous paintings in a meticulous classical style, more ornate and detailed than Thomas Locker's work but also livelier. Elegant borders, beautifully patterned fabrics, and other minutiae combine for a rich, decorative effect. Most of the faces here are too small to reveal much character (too bad: Spirin's a gifted caricaturist), but the horses are magnificent. This Cinderella variant doesn't really need such a lush setting, but many will enjoy it. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-8037-1110-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1992




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