Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Wild Swans by Xanthe Gresham - ADVISABLE

Gresham, Xanthe  Wild Swans, illustrated by Charlotte Gastaut.  PICTURE BOOK.  Barefoot Books, 2018.  978-1782853626

Eliza’s eleven older brothers take good care of her.  Sometimes they tease their Stepmother, and one day is becomes exasperated and turns them into swans so that they can leave the palace and see life beyond their riches.  With her brothers gone, Eliza is sent to live in a village, where one day she receives news that the plague has been cured, but her stepmother is dead.  Now there is no one to break the spell on her brothers except Eliza.  The answer comes to her in a dream.

Gresham makes intriguing little tweaks to the original Hans Christen Anderson story and Gastaut supplements with beautiful illustrations.  It is nice to circumstance instead of the stepmother as the classic villain. 

EL (K-3), EL – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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