THE OLD WOMAN AND HER PIG by Rosanne Litzinger

THE OLD WOMAN AND HER PIG

An Old English Tale
adapted by & illustrated by
Age Range: 2 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Where there's a need for a less ferocious version of Joseph Jacobs's cumulative tale, this is a far better choice that Kimmel's awkward travesty (1992). Not illogically, the butcher becomes a farmer who's asked to ``yoke'' the ox, not ``kill'' him; otherwise, the changes here amount to softening verbs: ``beat'' becomes ``poke,'' ``quench'' becomes ``douse'' (a subtlety that will escape most preschoolers), the rope is to ``trip'' the farmer rather than ``hang'' him, and so on. Litzinger preserves Jacobs's wonderful rhythmical cadence and provides congenial little illustrations that focus more on solving the old woman's problem than on the threatened mayhem along the way. They don't have the lively action, humor, or panache of Paul Galdone's (1960, o.p.); nonetheless, pleasant. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-15-257802-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1993




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