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SALT by Jane Langton


A Russian Folktale

adapted by Jane Langton & translated by Alice Plume & illustrated by Ilse Plume

Age Range: 5 - 10

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 1992
ISBN: 1-56282-178-4
Publisher: Hyperion

One of the Russian folklorist Afanasyev's more familiar tales (a despised youngest son woos a princess, wins out over his malicious brothers, and ensures the family's continuing fortunes by discovering a supply of salt) is gracefully recounted and set within elegant borders. Plumes soft color-pencil illustrations are rich in detail that recalls the story's origins; meticulously designed and including many decorative, stylized elements and elaborate borders-within-borders, they embellish rather than propel this old favorite. Not particularly lively, but pleasing. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)