Retold in both Spanish and English, the universally loved story Hansel and Gretel will delight early readers and older learners alike. The striking illustrations give a new look to this classic tale and the bilingual text makes it perfect for both home and classroom libraries.
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Grade 1-3–Two more welcome additions to the series. Hansel and Gretel tells the familiar story of two children who are abandoned by their heartless stepmother and gutless father, taken in by a child-eating witch, and ultimately escape to return home to a happy reunion with their widowed father. Losantos's ink-and-watercolor cartoons in muted colors present a Hansel and Gretel who are charmingly scruffy, a befuddled father who is almost sympathetic, and a tough-looking witch. The Musicians of Bremen concerns four elderly animals who manage to make a home for themselves with the help of their none-too-melodious voices and some superstitious robbers. Montserrat's earth-toned acrylics have an almost linocut look and make excellent and arresting use of form and volume. Though a bit abbreviated, the prose in each story follows classic translations of the Grimms' tales, maintaining cadence and humor. Both titles read aloud beautifully in both the stylish English renditions and in the European Spanish, which may sound a bit exotic to readers or listeners of Latin American extraction. Both books are beautifully laid out and a pleasure to view and share.
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K-Gr. 3. Hansel and Gretel go into the woods once more in this bilingual retelling, originally published in Catalan, which is part of an ongoing series. The illustrations--softly colored and outlined in heavy, black ink--bring distance to the familiar story of parental abandonment and a child-eating witch. Interestingly, Hansel and Gretel are not depicted as cute, tempting morsels; rather, they resemble adults (remember Olive Oyl in Popeye?). What's more, the story and pictures concentrate less on the sticky, sweet outside of the house (the Spanish reads casa de pan or "house of bread") than on the details inside, such as a paella seething with slithery seasonings. An amusingly wicked approach to a well-known tale. Julie Kline
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Descripción Chronicle Books, 2005. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110811847934
Descripción Chronicle Books, 2005. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Cristina Losantos Ilustrador. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0811847934