Brave Red, Smart Frog: A New Book of Old Tales by Emily Jenkins

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There once was a frozen forest so cold, you could feel it through the soles of your boots. It was a strange place where some kisses broke enchantments and others began them. Many said witches lived there -- some with cold hearts, others with hot ovens and ugly appetites -- and also dwarves in tiny houses made of stones. In this icy wood, a stepmother might eat a girl's heart to restore her own beauty, while a woodcutter might become stupid with grief at the death of his donkey. Here a princess with too many dresses grows spiteful out of loneliness, while a mistreated girl who is kind to a crone finds pearls dropping from her mouth whenever she speaks. With empathy and an ear for emotion, Emily Jenkins retells seven fairy tales in contemporary language that reveals both the pathos and humor of some of our most beloved stories. Charming illustrations by Rohan Daniel Eason add whimsical details that enhance every new reading.

Title : Brave Red, Smart Frog: A New Book of Old Tales
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ISBN : 0763665584
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 104 pages


Kailey (BooksforMKs) rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2017

This delightful collection of familiar fairy tales is told with a fresh voice and enchanting writing! Including new versions of Snow White, The Frog Prince, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and several others that are less well-known, this book provides a crisp new look at these old tal...

Jaina rated it ★★★★☆

October 07, 2017

This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn. Like most people, I've always loved fairy tales. There's something really magical about reading the stories that have been honed through generations of telling and retelling, where magic exists and it usually teaches a lesson and bad people...

Laura rated it ★★★☆☆

July 23, 2017

This is an interesting, but not terribly novel, retelling of fairy and folk tales. Like the author, I took classes on the oral tradition of story telling, and thus, like the author, I am well aware, as she points out in her afterward, that these stories were told, and retold, and tweaked with eac...

Lori rated it ★★★★☆

July 20, 2017

I love tales. And these seven fairy tales, are presented as stories, one might tell during story hour. Why did Red believe the wolf was reliable? Did you know Snow White's Mother had two other possible names for her? Why do you think the enchanted frog loved the princess? I like that the writing...

Sharon rated it ★★★★☆

October 05, 2017

Brave Red, Smart Frog: A New Book of Old Tales is a middle grade book written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by Rohan Daniel Eason. This is a collect of seven classic fairy tales told in the authors personal style. There once was a frozen forest so cold, you could feel it through the soles of yo...

Bethany rated it ★★★★★

June 12, 2017

BRAVE RED, SMART FROG has all of the old classics and are written in the way that the author would tell them if she were speaking out loud. BRAVE RED, SMART FROG has Snow White, The Frog Prince, Three Wishes, Toads and Pearls, Red Riding Hood, The Three Great Noodles, and Hansel and Gretel. Each s...

Carol rated it ★★★★☆

August 17, 2017

I truly enjoyed these lovingly retold fairy tales. Jenkins has taken some favorite, familiar tales and while not adding anything new, has made them into charming tales. We have Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, the Frog Prince, and Diamonds and Toads among others. While she k...

Linda rated it ★★★★★

September 12, 2017

Thanks to Candlewick Press, I was able to enjoy this wonderful new fairy tale retelling! There is little changed in the tales, and they are recognizable, but just enough to entice new readings of old favorites like “Snow White” and “Hansel and Gretel”. Emily Jenkins has managed to link them all w...

Tasha rated it ★★★★☆

October 12, 2017

A fresh retelling of classic fairy tales that ties them together into a single world, this book for elementary readers makes these stories accessible. Beautifully told, the stories all come together around a frozen woods and the magic of kisses, some of which break an enchantment and such of whic...

Christie rated it ★★★★☆

May 31, 2017

Does the need exist for another collection of Euro-traditional fairy tales? Maybe so: Emily Jenkins breathes new life and unique perspective into seven of the most traditional of fairy tales including Snow White, Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel. As her author note suggests ~ "I wrote to br...

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