Synopses & Reviews
A long time ago, there lived a prince who was looking for someone very special to marry.
One of Hans Christian Andersenandrsquo;s most beloved stories gets a breathtaking showcase, with lavish art and an elegant retelling by acclaimed writer, professor, and radio host John Cech. Itandrsquo;s the second exquisite entry in the Classic Fairy Tale Collection
Although the handsome prince meets ladies blessed with beauty, wealth, and brains, he knows in his heart that none is the true princess he longs for. Then, one stormy night, a wet, disheveled, and very weary young woman knocks at the castle door. Could she be his queen? One tiny pea buried underneath 20 soft mattresses might reveal the truthandhellip;
Bernhard Oberdieckandrsquo;s stunning images, with their soft color and unusual perspectives, capture all the fantasy and romance of Andersenandrsquo;s appealing tale.
Praise for The Princess and the Pea
Cechandrsquo;s fluid text sparkles in this well-crafted retelling . . . The illustrations, created with colored pencils, pastels, and acrylics, glow . . . Children will enjoy this delightful rendition of an old favorite.andrdquo;andmdash;School Library Journal
Praise for The Elves and the Shoemaker:
andldquo;[A] strikingly illustrated and well-written retelling.andrdquo; andmdash;School Library Journal
andldquo;This artistically accomplished imaginative version is recommended for larger collections.andquot; andmdash;Booklist
andldquo;Stellar retelling . . . wonderfully atmospheric. andmdash;The Globe and Mail
andldquo;Smooth, transparent retelling . . .and#160; lit by touches of lyricism.andrdquo; andmdash;Washington Post
Adapted from the perennially popular folktale, first published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812, this engaging version of The Elves and the Shoemaker features uniquely compelling and otherworldly illustrations by Kirill Chelushkin. What will the poor cobbler and his wife do? They have just enough leather to make one last pair of shoes. Then, good fortune suddenly smiles upon them. While the shoemaker sleeps, someone fashions the most perfect pair of shoes imaginableandmdash;and a delighted customer pays twice the asking price. Who could have done such marvelous work? And will the magic continue? A captivating story that children are sure to enjoy.
Adapted from the perennially popular folktale, first published by the Brothers' Grimm in 1812, this engaging version features uniquely compelling and otherworldly illustrations by Chelushkin. Full color.
Hans Christian Andersenandrsquo;s beloved story of a prince in search of a true princess to marry gets a breathtaking showcase, with lavish art and an elegant retelling by acclaimed writer, professor, and radio host John Cech. Bernhard Oberdieckandrsquo;s sumptuous imagesandmdash;filled with soft color and unusual perspectivesandmdash;capture all the fantasy and romance of this unforgettable tale.
Adapted from the perennially popular Brothers Grimm story, John Cechand#39;s engaging retelling of The Elves and the Shoemaker features uniquely compelling and otherworldly illustrations by Kirill Chelushkin. Their acclaimed versionandmdash;now in paperandmdash;brings this magical tale of kindness and generosity to a new generation of readers. It belongs on every fairy-tale loverandrsquo;s shelf.
About the Author
John Cech is a professor of English at the University of Florida where he is the Director of the Center for Childrenand#39;s Literature and Culture. He was the creator, producer, and host of the daily public radio program andldquo;Recess!andrdquo; about the cultures of childhood. He has served as the President of the Childrenand#39;s Literature Association and received the Anne Devereaux Jordan Award for his contributions to childrenand#39;s literature. John has written seven books in the Classic Fairy Tale Collection for Sterling, in addition to retellings of Aesopand#39;s Fables
, illustrated by Martin Jarrie, and The Nutcracker
, illustrated by Eric Puybaret. John lives in Gainesville, FL, with his wife, Eve.
Kirill Chelushkin was born in Moscow, Russia, where he currently resides. His work has been displayed in exhibitions around the world.