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Duffy and the Devil

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Publisher Comments:

Duffy and the Devil was a popular play in Cornwall in the nineteenth century, performed at the Christmas season by groups of young people who went from house to house. The Zemachs have interpreted the folk tale which the play dramatized, recognizable as a version of the widespread Rumpelstiltskin story. Its main themes are familiar, but the character and details of this picture book are entirely Cornish, as robust and distinctive as the higgledy-piggledy, cliff-hanging villages that dot England's southwestern coast from Penzance to Land's End.

The language spoken by the Christmas players was a rich mixture of local English dialect and Old Cornish (similar to Welsh and Gaelic), and something of this flavor is preserved in Harve Zemach's retelling. Margot Zemach's pen-and-wash illustrations combine a refined sense of comedy with telling observation of character, felicitous drawing with decorative richness, to a degree that surpasses her own past accomplishments.

 
Duffy and the Devil is a 1973 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, a 1974 National Book Award Finalist for Children's Books, and the winner of the 1974 Caldecott Medal.

Synopsis:

The spinning and knitting the devil agrees to do for her win Duffy the Squire's name and a carefree life until it comes time for her to guess the devil's name. Now back in print, this book is a Caldecott Medal winner and ALA Notable Children's Book. Full-color illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374418977
Retold:
Zemach, Margot
Author:
Zemach, Margot
Retold by:
Zemach, Harve
Retold:
Zemach, Harve
Author:
Zemach, Harve
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - European
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
England
Subject:
Tales -- England -- Cornwall (County)
Subject:
Children s Fairy Tales-General
Subject:
People & Places - Europe
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Sunburst ed.
Edition Description:
Picture Book
Series:
Sunburst Book
Series Volume:
no. 19
Publication Date:
19861231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from K up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
color illustrations
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
10.33 x 8.6 x 0.12 in
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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"Synopsis" by , The spinning and knitting the devil agrees to do for her win Duffy the Squire's name and a carefree life until it comes time for her to guess the devil's name. Now back in print, this book is a Caldecott Medal winner and ALA Notable Children's Book. Full-color illustrations.
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