this is one of those books that I did not find at all interesting that my youngster absolutely adored. i’m not sure why, but we’ve read it every night for a week. unlike most other books she doesn’t ask any questions, she just is happy (and insists upon) to have it read to her. plot: jafta missed his father while he is working away from home and is glad he is returning.
a fairytale similar to cinderella. two sister: one sweet and the other mean. spoiler alert: the sweet daughter wins the prince’s heart with her sweetness, of course. the illustrations are mature but the story holds my girl’s attention. i have the usual feminist problems with the daughters’ aspiration being to please some patriarchal royalty and the daughters being treated as the father’s prized possessions but, the fairytale also teaches kindness, respect, humility and generosity of spirit. oh and there’s a snake. my kid really likes it for the snake.
you want a preschooler walking around spraying spit everywhere in attempts to whistle? well this is the book for you. shield your eyes. this book is also fun for practicing opposites and prepositions (especially space relational words).
full full full of gramma’s cooking and large family meals and all the waiting tiny people have to do. the kid was not a huge fan of this book and of course all the chicken and ham offended mommy’s vegan sensibilities but as a celebration of the time honored weekly family meal, it is spot on.