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****William Tell

retold and illustrated by Margaret Early

Reviewed April 8, 2003.
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York, 1991.  32 pages.
Available at Sembach Library  (J 398.2 EAR).

I discovered this book when straightening shelves in the Children’s Nonfiction.  We have some beautiful picture books in the Folk Tales section, and this one attracted my attention.

Here’s the complete legend of William Tell and how he shot the arrow off the head of his son and what happened afterward.  It tells how Switzerland came to be a nation from three smaller countries after throwing off the Austrian invaders.

The story is told well, and the pictures are beautiful, with sparkling gold paint.  This is an especially good book for an American family in Germany to read before vacationing in Switzerland.  The book sets the story on the shores of Lake Lucerne.  The story will add a nice dimension to your travels.

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