Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies: An Old Tale from Scotland

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9780152991500: Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies: An Old Tale from Scotland

The bakerwoman who lives at the forest's edge always makes delicious cakes, but there's none left for the fairies. They capture her to make cakes for them, but she flummoxes the fairies! Beautiful full-color illustrations make this old Scottish tale come to life.

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Heather Forest is an award winning author, professional storyteller and the founder as well as Executive Director of Story Arts. She has traveled extensively throughout the world performing stories from her books at festivals, schools, conferences, and festivals. Her unique minstrel style of storytelling blends folk guitar, poetry, prose and she frequently songs the stories for her audiences.

Susan Gaber has illustrated many award winning picture books. Whether working in muted impressionistic tones, in more vibrant colors, or in a folksy, homespun medium, Susan has built an impressive list of illustration credits, and has garnered much critical acclaim. Her versatility is particularly well suited to mythic stories and folktales. Susan and Heather both live in Huntington, NY.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- The trouble begins with the bakerwoman. Her cakes are so delicious that they are always finished in one sitting, leaving the fairy folks (who feast on leftover crumbs) slighted and hungry. So unfolds this traditional Scottish tale in which the woman is kidnapped and ordered by the King of the Fairies to bake for the wee folk. The resourceful woman amiably agrees, but insists that she needs some supplies from her own kitchen: her crockery, her dog, her cat, and her child. Soon, carefully orchestrated bedlam reigns until the frazzled King gladly frees his captive, restoring peace and calm in fairyland once more. The bakerwoman completes her fairy treat and is well rewarded in this satisfying, feminist folktale. Forest's retelling is entertaining, but lacks the rich flavor, lilting language, and uproarious humor found in Greene's rendition in Clever Cooks (Lothrop, 1973; o.p.) and Minard's in Womenfolk and Fairy Tales (Houghton, 1975). Gaber's expansive acrylic, watercolor, and colored-pencil compositions range from sumptuous to surreal, but are far more successful in depicting the realistic scenes. The jade-colored fairies with rainbow wings who adorn the pages of text are curiously leaden and earth bound. A pleasant but somewhat bland offering.
- Luann Toth , School Library Journal
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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