"Skip this; for celebrations of curly splendor, get bell hooks' Happy to Be Nappy, illustrated by Chris Raschka (1999), and Carolivia Herron's Nappy Hair, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (1997), instead. (Picture book. 3-6)"
"Especially intriguing as a contrast to Nancy Ekholm Burkert's illustrations (Caldecott Honor, 1973), which are as elegant but much lighter in mood. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
A graceful, somewhat extended version of the original Grimm, with a gentler ending: instead of being forced to dance to her death in red-hot shoes, the wicked stepmother dies of ``her own poison'' in the form of a rose she intends for the happy bride.
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