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*****= An all-time favorite
Five Tales of Transformation
Reviewed June 30, 2006.
Harcourt, Orlando, 2006. 147 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J MCN F AVI).
soon as I finished this book, I passed it on to my 11-year-old son, and
thoroughly enjoyed it. As the subtitle
states, this book consists of five stories that involve transformation.
the first story, a bored boy wishes he could have the life of ease that
enjoys. He learns things aren’t what
they seem. “Babette the Beautiful” is
somewhat like “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” only involving a person
herself. The next story tells of a boy so
when he is told “Curiosity killed the cat,” he asks, “Why?
What was that cat curious about?” Let’s
just say that he learns that tragedies
can also fall upon boys who are excessively curious.
we have the story “The Shoemaker and Old Scratch” in which a shoemaker
outwits the devil. The final story tells
of spoiled and selfish Simon and his quest to have everyone notice him
become the greatest hunter in the world.
all the stories have happy endings for the main character, but where
dismal consequences, they are full of irony and leave you chuckling.
book is a quick read, and a lot of fun. They
would make good read-aloud stories, since they are
fun to discuss
with your kids. There is food for
thought in every story.
Copyright © 2006 Sondra Eklund. All rights reserved.
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