THE KING AND THE NOBLE BLACKSMITH by Jacob with Louis Slobodkin Blanck


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The team that did Jonathan and the Rainbow with a somewhat less successful revamping of a familiarly patterned folk tale. An 8-year old King was finding life very boring. He couldn't do arithmetic, and he didn't like the things his Counsellors ordered. When a crow flew away with his crown, nobody could get him to drop it, until the village blacksmith used his powerful voice to frighten the crow into opening his beak. Then came the problem of the reward, and the Counsellors managed to cheat the poor man out of his gold. The King took things into his own hands, appointed the blacksmith Counsellor of all the King's Counsellors and special Counsellor of the King's Fishing. And off they went together. Amusing enough -- with a somewhat original twist -- but the illustrations in Slobodkin's unique handling of color and line, seem a bit haphazard and off register in reproduction. Nonetheless -- well above run-of-the-mill.

Pub Date: Aug. 31st, 1950
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin