IAN PENNEY'S BOOK OF FAIRY TALES by Ian Penney

IAN PENNEY'S BOOK OF FAIRY TALES

Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The Billy-Goats-Gruff, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and more of the usual suspects play out their tales on some of Great Britain's historic sites and estates: Stowe, the Giant's Causeway, Kedleston in Derby, the ``Bear's Hut'' on the grounds of Killeston, the garden tower at Cornwall's Trelissick, and Chirk Castle. Penney (Ian Penney's Book of Nursery Rhymes, 1994, not reviewed, etc.) has done plenty of adapting--Rapunzel's tale begins in the tower, and Hansel and Gretel only lock the witch in her cellar until she promises to mend her ways, then settle in with her and their woodcutter father in the scrumptious home--but the tales are comfortably familiar, with all but two of the eight tied to recognizable, theoretically visitable places. Viewers will linger over Penney's tiny, finely brushed architectural details and flora and fauna (not to mention the luscious bush pastries that tempt Hansel and Gretel), though the great houses and their surroundings are only glimpsed. Some of the appeal will be wasted on American children, but travelers, even of the armchair variety, might give it a go. (Picture book/folklore. 7-9)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-8109-3740-9
Page count: 44pp
Publisher: Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1995