THE TALKING TREE: An Old Italian Tale by Inna--Adapt. Rayevsky

THE TALKING TREE: An Old Italian Tale

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A somewhat abridged, slightly retold version of a lively, unattributed tale that gave its title to a 1955 selection by Augusta Baker of favorites for storytelling A king who is a collector of rarities seeks the tree, which proves to be an enchanted princess. Her rescue involves outwitting a witch, an ogre, and finally the ogre's daughter--all of which the king manages with luck, wit, and some ingenious trickery. Rayevsky's caricatured figures and crisp, detailed style--whether displayed in frames that accentuate the Italian Renaissance flavor here or dramatically silhouetted against white--nicely capture the story's satirical tone while augmenting its humor. A good choice for the picture-book hour.

Pub Date: May 17th, 1990
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam