THE THREE LITTLE RABBITS by Ivan Gantschev

THE THREE LITTLE RABBITS

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Age Range: 3 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Glorious watercolors in a distinctive style are the highlight of this Balkan variation of “The Three Little Pigs,” retold by Gantschev (Where the Moon Lives, 1998), who attended art school in Bulgaria and now lives in Germany. His style effectively uses the nature of watercolors to their best advantage, with softly shaded rabbits and vibrant, artfully blended hues in trees, grassy hills, and cloudy skies. The folktale closely parallels the familiar plot of the pigs and the wolf, substituting three rabbit siblings and a wily fox. The two rabbit brothers build shoddy shelters and must run away from the hungry fox. In a welcome twist, their sister works hard to dig a proper burrow as instructed by their father, and it is her burrow with its tiny entrance that outfoxes the fox. The story is simply told in fine fairy-tale fashion that will work well for reading aloud to a group; double-page spreads show off the superb illustrations that carry it far beyond the average. Its straightforward telling makes this an ideal candidate for compare-and-contrast lessons with the traditional pig and wolf story in elementary classrooms. A pleasant diversion. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-7358-1474-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: NorthSouth
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2001




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