THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES by The Brothers Grimm

THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

The familiar tale from the Brothers Grimm receives a bright treatment in an unspecified African setting. As she did with Yo, Jo! (April 2007) and The Princess and the Pea (June 2007), Isadora uses her new collage technique which combines Eric Carle–like painted paper and bright prints against clean white space, to tell her story. The text hews to the original, simplifying it somewhat but leaving the essential plot and structure intact, allowing the images to take center stage. The princesses are a rainbow, dark-, light- and medium-brown skins on bodies of varying shapes and heights, their dresses a riot of color. Visually gorgeous though it is, however, there is reason to be concerned with the arbitrary relocation of a German tale to Africa—an Africa, moreover, that owes more to an idealized conglomeration of vague sub-Saharan images than to any real evocation of a specific time or place. While this fairy-tale retelling avoids the grievous cultural misstep of the earlier Princess and the Pea, it still feels more self-indulgent than anything else, less a startling new interpretation than an opportunity to explore color, design and technique. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-399-24744-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2007




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