By comparison with the de Beaumont-Goode version above, this is closer to a true picture book--still somewhat lengthy of text (because the story is long), but more closely balanced between text and facing illustration. But in shortening and simplifying the story Marianna Mercer has, perversely, made it more artsy (""A storm began to wake in the darkening sky. It twisted the clouds and growled terrible thunder""). In place of graphic detail we have Wagnerian chords--and pictures in a similarly labored and elaborate German romantic/Rackham style. For the basic picture-book audience, the 1972 Philippa Pearce-Alan Barrett embodiment is preferable by far.