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By Esther Ehrlich, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Retelling of classic brims with passion and grace.

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Deep Archetypal Meanings

A prophetic parable. Teaches the difference in archetypes of the great mother, contracting the thieving, hoarding witch with the giving, nurturing mother. Teaches the power of love to restore vision to life.

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This classic tale retold brims with passion and grace, and the emotional intensity of Paul O. Zelinsky's work is bewitching. Spectacular oil paintings, rich with color and light, dive below surface appearances to convey deep feelings and relationships. The vividness of the illustrations is matched by a text that is simple yet elegant, dotted with words such as wretched and luxuriant.

Some children will find the language and the formal, Renaissance-style paintings a challenge, but for those who are able to take in this story, there's a lot (in addition to history and language skills) to be gained. Through all of the drama, children are offered an important lesson about love. Rage, grief, and jealousy flash through the story, but in the end, it is love that prevails. Zelinsky extensively researched the origin of this story and provides notes on the sources.

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