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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing objectionable in this beautiful fairy tale from the Julie Andrews Collection.
Is It Any Good?
It's refreshing to find such a remarkable book as SIMEON'S GIFT, a true fairy tale with rich poetic text interwoven with amazing illustrations. This simple, gentle tale is enriched both by the figurative language in which it is told and the watercolor illustrations that hang like medieval tapestries on every page. Scattered with words not often found in kids books, like "encampment," "invigorated," and "cacophony" as well as similes, metaphors, and alliterations, the story becomes magical and musical.
The watercolor illustrations of Russian artist Gennady Spirin further enhance the music and the magic. Brilliant even in the paperback edition, each one is a masterpiece in detail, color, and technique, and brings to mind the work of the Renaissance masters. Because of its magnificent illustrations, the hardcover edition might be the better purchase -- it includes a CD of the story read by Dame Julie Andrews.
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