Monday, January 14, 2013

The Magic Gold Fish: A Russian Folktake by Aleksandr Pushkin

Adapted and Illustrated by: Demi

First line: There once lived an old man and his wife By the shore of the deep blue ocean.

Why you should read this book: Although the translation and delightful, detailed illustration are based on the Russian version, most American readers will be familiar with this story in its Brothers Grimm incarnation, "The Fisherman and His Wife." Indeed, it is the greediness of the fisherman's wife upon which the tale turns; the fish is merely the conduit through which the moral is delivered. When the fisherman is granted wishes for sparing the magical fish, his shrewish wife insists on squandering the gifts, never satisfied with her good fortune until, finally, she is forced to recognize how much she has been given.

Why you shouldn't read this book: Henpecked.

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