Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The Twelve Princesses

The Twelve Princesses

Spring 2000 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Gordon Fitchett
Illustrator: Gordon Fitchett
ISBN: 0-8037-2474-8
Hardcover Price: $15.99
With a crisp, virtuoso use of colored pencil drawings, the Australian illustrator Gordon Fitchett has provided a handsome and compelling rendition of a tale by the Grimm brothers. Not for a minute do we question the artist's decision to portray the characters as geese, because that guise seems to suit the dozen silly princesses to a tee. How an old soldier manages to discover where the twelve sisters go every night and "wear their shoes right through"--thereby winning the hand of the eldest princess in marriage - makes for a suspenseful and satisfying tale.

Putting old wine in new bottles doesn't always work, but this droll and eccentric recasting of an oft-told favorite succeeds beautifully.

Selma G. Lanes   ©2000 Parents' Choice

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