After accidentally swallowing a powerful witch's pearl, Sarah shrinks to the size of a field mouse, so out of fear that she will disappear completely, Sarah and her newly acquired animal friends set out to the witch's castle to find a cure.
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Kindergarten-Grade 2–Sarah is a normal three-year-old until, in a moment of greed, her father steals a pearl from Hazel, a visiting witch, and hides it in a loaf of bread. When the child accidentally swallows it, she begins to shrink until two years later, she's the size of a mouse. However, the pearl's magic also enables her to understand animal speech. Sympathetic to her plight, a variety of creatures, including a rabbit and a duck, fly off on the back of a stork to confront Hazel. Discovering the group hiding in her magic laboratory, the witch is impressed with Sarah's courage and reverses the spell. The girl returns to normal size and to a more normal life, with a new goal of becoming Hazel's apprentice. Charming, delicate watercolor illustrations, reminiscent of the art of Lisbeth Zwerger, do much to enhance this original story, but they cannot redeem a text burdened with too many exclamation points, choppy language, and confusing transitions between events. While some clever asides lend humor to the tale, the many improbabilities (including how Sarah's father steals a pearl from a necklace without waking the witch) will baffle and distance young listeners. Collections will be better served by Brian Pinkney's more traditional Thumbelina (Greenwillow, 2003).–Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ
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PreS. In this Belgian import that bills itself as an "International Bestseller," a small girl swallows a magic pearl that her father stole from a visiting witch. As the magic takes hold, the girl shrinks in size until she is so small that she must spend her days riding in her mother's apron pocket and bathing in a pie tin. Fortunately, the magic also enables her to talk with animals, and together with her animal friends, she hatches a successful plan to visit the witch and break the spell. The story creaks in places, but children will respond to the magic and empowering adventure. The beautiful watercolor-and-pencil illustrations are the strongest reason to consider this for purchase. In a style reminiscent of Lisbeth Zwerger's, Greban's delicate, precise lines and muted shades of parchment and sky blue create a lovable cast of characters, captivating scenes of a witch's bubbling laboratory, and aerial views of a bucolic countryside. Lovely work from an illustrator to watch. Gillian Engberg
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Descripción Milk & Cookies, 2004. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110689035942
Descripción Milk & Cookies, 2004. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Quentin Greban Ilustrador. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0689035942