TATTERCOATS by Joseph--Adapt. Jacobs
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This fine old tale reverses the Cinderella theme: the prince falls in love with Tattercoats as a goose girl before she appears at the ball, which she does without changing her garments; the story is framed by the tears of the old grandfather, still grieving for the daughter who died when Tattercoats was born. Tomes' quiet pallette suits the story's elegiac tone, drawing on the colors of mourning, of castle walls, of the geese, of the night sky; Tattercoats herself is freckle-nosed and sober, even after her rags are transformed. A lovely story, given just the right setting: one of the best of the many new picture-book editions of folk tales.

Pub Date: Sept. 6th, 1989
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam