IRON HANS by The Brothers Grimm

IRON HANS

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Age Range: 4 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 An unattributed translation of one of the Grimms' more enigmatic tales, in a lush edition with imaginative illustrations and intricate borders. As a boy, the prince-protagonist is kidnapped by the strange wild man he's just set free; and though Iron Hans was apparently responsible for the deaths of the king's huntsmen, he thrice forgives his captive when he disobeys orders. Later, when the prince is working as a gardener in another kingdom, Iron Hans provides him with horse, armor, and warriors to save its king in battle; when the king seeks his mysterious savior, Iron Hans again provides princely disguises, but the princess recognizes and agrees to wed the young man--thus setting Iron Hans free from his enchantment. Heyer's art is almost overelaborate; still, it captures the tale's magic and mystery. Young romantics will revel in the princess's fragile loveliness, the medieval pageantry, and the many meticulously rendered details. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-670-81741-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1993




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