Jeanne Steig retells six traditional fairy tales, accompanied by illustrations drawn by William Steig.
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What is A Handful of Beans? Six classics in one book: "Rumpelstiltskin", "Beauty and the Beast", "Hansel and Gretel", "Little Red Riding Hood", "The Frog Prince" and "Jack and the Beanstalk". As retold by Jeanne Steig, however, these well-loved tales acquire a certain modern vim. For example, the greedy King in Rumpelstiltskin is "as happy as a hog with a herring" to see all his straw spun into gold. The mother of Beanstalk Jack has "a dab of a garden, and an old cow called Blizzard, because she was as white as the milk she gave, except for a few spots to make her more interesting." Although the vocabulary is generally simple, Steig doesn't shy away from words like "sauntered" and "rapacious". And the Frog-who-would-be-Prince, among other characters, regularly breaks into rhyming couplets. Combined with 34 colourful, cartoony illustrations by William Steig, this gently ironic smattering of folktales will delight the grumpiest of readers. (Ages 3 to 6) -- Richard Farr, Amazon.com
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Book Description HarperCollins, 1998. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Six retold fairy tales, from Rumpelstiltskin and the Frog Prince to the stories of Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood, are accompanied by lively and humorous illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0062051628
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