THE BLABBERMOUTHS by Gerda Mantinband


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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 A farmer who frees an old woman from a spell is rewarded with gold on the condition that he never tells; his wife--after the secret has been whispered throughout the village and he's been arrested for stealing--hoodwinks the jurors into thinking that her husband's story is as false as the other preposterous tales she's duped him into telling. Though the outcome doesn't have ``Clever Manka's'' splendid poetic justice, the woman's tricks here have a similar comical appeal. The simply told story is humorously extended in Borovsky's faux-naãf illustrations, which follow the narrative in a variety of cartoon-style frames. Good for telling, but the illustrations are small for group use. ``Adapted from a German Folktale''; LC deems it fiction. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 26th, 1992
ISBN: 0-688-10602-1
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1992