FAIRY TRAILS by Susan Middleton Elya

FAIRY TRAILS

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

More sedate and episodic than her marvelous Oh, No! Gotta Go! (2003), this new offering employs Elya’s smooth bilingualism—English with Spanish words mixed neatly in—to relate the tale of a brother and sister who interact with a series of fairy tale characters—Hansel and Gretel’s witch, the big bad wolf, Snow White and the seven dwarfs—on a walk to their aunt’s house. Elya’s rhymes flow nicely, and McDonald’s illustrations employ rounded heads and facial features in luminous colors to convey a dream sense of well-being even when danger purportedly threatens. Young readers and listeners will enjoy identifying the original stories as Miguel and María make their journey. A glossary and pronunciation guide to Spanish terms precedes the story, but is rendered unnecessary by Elya’s self-explicative text. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-58234-927-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2005




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