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Hans My Hedgehog: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm

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Publisher Comments:

andlt;b andgt;A classic tale of love and acceptance from the Brothers Grimm is beautifully rendered in this magical retelling.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Hans is an unusual boy. Born a hedgehog from the waist up, he knows what itand#8217;s like to truly be an outcast. Even his amazing fiddle playing canand#8217;t help him fit in. So Hans flees to the forest with his herd of loyal pigs and only his music to keep him company. But then a most unusual thing happens: When Hans crosses paths with two kings with two lovely daughters, his luck starts to change. Will this lonely soul find true love after all?andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This lively and lyrical retelling of the classic Grimmand#8217;s tale, paired with lush, detailed illustrations, reminds us of the power of music, the importance of belonging, and the transformative effect of love.

Review:

"In a feat that may astound fairy tale cognoscenti, Coombs (The Runaway Dragon) and Nickle (Never Take a Shark to the Dentist) transform a once-prickly story into something witty and warm. The Grimms' half-boy/half-hedgehog Hans is a shrewd bagpipe player; rejected by his parents, he rides away on a rooster to tend pigs, which he later sends to slaughter. This version's likable Hans is an accomplished fiddler with loving parents, who retreats alone into the woods (riding his rooster and accompanied by attentive hogs). On two occasions, Hans's music helps rescue kings who have become lost in the forest. Assisted by his loyal rooster and pigs, Hans visits each ruler's castle and, on his second try, meets a princess who is willing to marry him (and, perchance, lift his curse, 'Beauty and the Beast' style). Nickle's jewel-tone acrylics, painted on parchment-colored backdrops and interspersed with spiky ink-black silhouettes, conjure an Elizabethan ambience. Coombs includes an afterword to highlight her welcome revisions. Whether readers know the original, there is joy in watching this plucky Hans triumph. Ages 5 — 8. Agent: Sanford J. Greenburger Associates." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Kate Coombs has taught every grade from kindergarten through college, most recently driving around inner cities, teaching homebound children. Kate now works as a teacher's advisor. She lives in Los Angeles, California, where she shares her home with hundreds of much-loved books. This is her first children's book. She is a tried-and-true secret-keeper.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416915331
Author:
Coombs, Kate
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Author:
Brothers Grimm
Author:
Nickle, John
Author:
Coombs, Kathryn
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c cvr (no spcl fx)+ int.; reflective
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
11 x 9.5 in
Age Level:
from 5 up to 8

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a feat that may astound fairy tale cognoscenti, Coombs (The Runaway Dragon) and Nickle (Never Take a Shark to the Dentist) transform a once-prickly story into something witty and warm. The Grimms' half-boy/half-hedgehog Hans is a shrewd bagpipe player; rejected by his parents, he rides away on a rooster to tend pigs, which he later sends to slaughter. This version's likable Hans is an accomplished fiddler with loving parents, who retreats alone into the woods (riding his rooster and accompanied by attentive hogs). On two occasions, Hans's music helps rescue kings who have become lost in the forest. Assisted by his loyal rooster and pigs, Hans visits each ruler's castle and, on his second try, meets a princess who is willing to marry him (and, perchance, lift his curse, 'Beauty and the Beast' style). Nickle's jewel-tone acrylics, painted on parchment-colored backdrops and interspersed with spiky ink-black silhouettes, conjure an Elizabethan ambience. Coombs includes an afterword to highlight her welcome revisions. Whether readers know the original, there is joy in watching this plucky Hans triumph. Ages 5 — 8. Agent: Sanford J. Greenburger Associates." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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