ANOTHER HAPPY TALE by Dorothy Butler

ANOTHER HAPPY TALE

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Age Range: 3 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Like A Happy Tale (1990), another comical tall tale in the alternating ``fortunately/unfortunately'' pattern--though this has more serious undertones: Mabel, shown gorging on pastries, leaves the baby to Ned, who ``was not very good at looking after babies either.'' Left to her own devices, the baby enjoys life with the pigs until ``Unhappily, one day Ned rounded up ...baby and all, and took them to market to be sold.'' ``Happily,'' the purchasers notice that she's a baby and treat her accordingly, despite her attempts to rejoin the pigs; after much entertaining slapstick, Mabel and Ned take her home, vowing to be better parents: they even join the library and are seen with the author's classic Babies Need Books, as well as the all-important Mother Goose. Purposive but disarmingly good-humored; Hurford's broad double spreads, from the vantage point of a small child, are crisp, clear, and amusingly in the spirit of the text. Parents should enjoy the satire and absorb the lesson without pain, while the three-year-olds will love the humorous exaggeration. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-940793-88-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Crocodile/Interlink
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1991




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