In order to cure her ailing pig, an Irish widow agrees to give a strange woman whatever she wants and then the widow must guess the woman's name or give up her baby.
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John Warren Stewig is the Founder of the Center for Children's Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he is an emeritus professor in the School of Education. His books for children include King Midas: A Golden Tale, illustrated by Omar Rayyan, which Kirkus Reviews called a "polished, polgnant retelling." He lives in Glenvale, Wisconsin.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 3--A poor "goodwife," deserted by her husband and left with a baby to care for, hopes for a good litter of piglets. When her sow becomes deathly ill, she foolishly promises "anything your ladyship likes" to an old woman who says she can cure the animal. After the healing is complete, the stranger reveals that she is a fairy, and insists on taking young Robert unless his mother can guess her name before three days pass. At first distraught, the goodwife overhears the fairy's name while walking through the woods and sends her packing when she comes to claim the child. Stewig includes extensive notes on the history of this Scottish variant of "Rumpelstiltskin" and the ways in which he has adapted it. Unfortunately, the book is marred by the choice of an archaic-style font that may add atmosphere but would be difficult if not impossible for emergent readers to decipher, particularly as many of the words (dinna, ahind, etc.) will also be unfamiliar. McDaniels's watercolor illustrations, with their pale colors and humorous cartoon scenes, are at odds with the predominately darker aspects of the story. Carolyn White's Whuppity Stoorie(Putnam, 1997; o.p.) is a more readable and visually appealing version of this tale.--Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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Descripción Holiday House, 2004. Library Binding. Estado de conservación: New. 1. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0823417492
Descripción Holiday House, 2004. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110823417492