LUBA AND THE WREN by Patricia Polacco

LUBA AND THE WREN

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this child-centered version of “The Fisherman and his Wife,” Luba, a little girl, rescues a wren from a hunter’s net, and the wren offers to grant her a wish. Luba, content, turns the wren down but is sent to search for it by her parents as soon as they hear of her good deed. The wren immediately grants their wish for a better house and fertile land, but those familiar with the tale will know that the parents grow greedy, never satisfied for long with their estate and servants, their roles as rulers of the Ukraine, their days as tzar and tzarina of all of Russia. Luba, for her part, grows ever more reluctant to approach the little wren, whose temper is strained with each wish; the weather in the background becomes more and more foreboding. Finally, the parents go too far and demand to become gods. Polacco offers a solution that is almost zen-like in its simplicity, and Luba is rewarded with a happy and loving childhood. The large drawings bring Luba and her parents to life amidst the colorful splendor of the parent’s accrued wealth; with a vivid text, this is very fine retelling of a well-known tale. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-399-23168-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Philomel
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1999




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