Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Such a Prince

Written by Dan Bar-el
Illustrated by John Manders
Clarion Books, 2007
ISBN 9780618714681

Libby Gaborchick, local fairy, suggests to the king that all his sick daughter, Princess Vera, really needs is to eat three perfect peaches. That's all--nothing too fancy. "As fairies, go, I'm not the flashy kind," says Libby. "Glass slippers and pumpkin carriages are just not my style."

The classic tale of "The Three Perfect Peaches" is given a smart and funny twist in this telling by Bar-el, who uses the witty Libby Gaborchick as the narrator. Poor skinny Marvin tries his best to marry the lovesick Princess Vera. The pesky king, though, keeps foiling Marvin's plans. But no matter, Marvin has Libby on his side, and together they outsmart the king and queen and win the princess's hand. Like the cover promises, "Happy Ending Inside!"

Storyteller Bar-el lends a wry tone to this first person narrative that simply begs to be read aloud. The wild and woolly John Manders is at his best here, too, with plenty of crazy rabbits and doleful donkeys to keep readers laughing (we especially love the close-up of the queen's ample derriere). We think this book is absolutely perfect for Reader's Theater, but we're sure clever teachers and librarians can think of many more activities. Peach pie, anyone?


Scope Notes said...

Year of Reading,
I enjoy your blog and have been reading it for some time. It has been a great resource for my work as a school librarian. I hope you don't mind, but I just tagged you for a meme.
Travis Jonker

Scope Notes said...

oops, I'm sorry, I mixed up my greeting. It should read Three Silly Chicks.

Three Silly Chicks said...

Dear Travis,

Thank you for asking us to play along, however, you must know that we have an unnatural fear of memes. The way they dress and don't say anything is very scary to little bespectacled chicks like us. And then, they do that bicycle thing. Oooh. Or that wind thing. It's too scary. Too, toooooo scary. It makes us want to hide in the coop. Must go now and hide.
The chicks.