BOOTS AND HIS BROTHERS by Eric A. Kimmel

BOOTS AND HIS BROTHERS

A Norwegian Tale
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Age Range: 4 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A gifted storyteller whose most recent adaptation was Bearhead (1991) relays his own version of the popular tale about a kind and canny youngest son who is rewarded for chopping down a giant magical oak tree that is troubling the king and then digging him a well. In candid fashion, Kimmel explains the changes that evolved in his own oral tellings--miniaturizing the magical ax and shovel and having the boorish brothers chased away by dogs instead of coming to a violent end--the lively, well- honed result is just right for contemporary audiences. Root's understated art serves the text perfectly. Most scenes seem to be set near sundown, with dramatic long shadows, backlit figures, and a dramatic, luminous sky; careful examination reveals much to satisfy the reader who wants to know more, but without the insistence of flashier art, clamoring for attention. Well crafted by all concerned, a fine addition. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)

Pub Date: April 15th, 1992
ISBN: 0-8234-0886-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1992




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