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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).
As soon as I finished this book, I passed it on to my 11-year-old son, and he also thoroughly enjoyed it. As the subtitle states, this book consists of five stories that involve transformation.
In the first story, a bored boy wishes he could have the life of ease that his cat 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 curious that 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.
Next, we have the story “The Shoemaker and Old Scratch” in which a shoemaker almost outwits the devil. The final story tells of spoiled and selfish Simon and his quest to have everyone notice him and to become the greatest hunter in the world.
Not all the stories have happy endings for the main character, but where there are 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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