Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel Once upon a time deep in the dark green forest there was an exquisite house made of cake and sugar a house made to lure lost hungry children But the witch whose delicious house lured Hansel and his

  • Title: Hansel and Gretel
  • Author: Cynthia Rylant Jen Corace
  • ISBN: 9781423111863
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Once upon a time, deep in the dark, green forest there was an exquisite house made of cake and sugar a house made to lure lost, hungry children But the witch whose delicious house lured Hansel and his sister, Gretel had forgotten two things about lost children they can be very clever and very brave.

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    I really enjoyed this version of Hansel and Gretel. Great self-reliant kids here who love one another and don't give up on themselves. I tend to enjoy Cynthia Rylant and, while this retelling was nothing particularly WOW or original, I still liked her style. The illustrations really made this book stand out, though! I thought they were great!!! My friend Chandra (thanks for the recommendation!) likened them to Edward Gorey meets Japanonisme. I can definitely see this. They also reminded me a bit [...]

    I'm very conflicted about this book. The things I liked:1. The art is beautiful. It's stylized, but in a charming, understated way. 2. An effort is made to tell the story in a way that explains the lessons therein. 3. The text isn't oversimplified.But the bad outweighs the good by about three tons. 1. I didn't remember a wicked stepmother in the original story. Was there always a woman to blame for the children's being lost in the forest??2. Feminism crawled into this book and promptly died. Gre [...]

    Great, unique illustrations in this version of one of the creepier fairy tales. Gretel also plays a bigger, more brave role in this one.

    The classic story retold, along with beautiful illustrations. I liked this version a lot because it had more of fable feel. I think this is a great book to get kids acquainted with the story.

    I really like this version of Hansel and Gretel. I think that it does a really good job of helping others realize that they stand up for themselves and aren't going to just give up. I also really loved the illustrations.

    Title: Hansel and Gretel Author: Cynthia RylantIllustrator: Cynthia RylantGenre: folktale, fairytaleTheme(s): strength, courage, siblingsOpening line/sentence: “It has been said that guardian spirits watch over and protect small children, and that may be so. But there are also stories of children who find the courage to protect themselves.”Brief Book Summary: In this classic retelling of Hansel and Gretel two children find the courage to outsmart themselves from a the evil witch who lives in [...]

    I thought this re-imagined version of Hansel and Gretel was wonderfully crafted. Although it does not necessarily stray from the original storyline of the German fairytale, Cynthia Rylant's writing is simply beautiful. I think this book would be very useful to use as an introductory piece in a poetry unit for an elementary school classroom. Not to mention I would absolutely keep this in my future classroom's library! One of the best example of Rylant's use of rhyme and cadence is when the childr [...]

    This is a classic story of two children who have an out of work father, and a mean, nasty, vile step mother. This is a tale of a creepy stepmother and a very weak father. When the family is almost out of food, the stepmother convinces her husband that the children are a burden. If they were placed far, far in the woods, and left alone, there would be more food for the adults. The father is ill and weak physically and mentally. Thus, he has reasons for agreeing with the wife???The first walk into [...]

    Hansel and Gretel was such a great book and this was a different look at it than I am use to. It starts off talking about how there were two little brave children whose mother had died. There stepmother had decided she needed to get rid of them because they ate too much and they were running out of food. This is a great part because you can talk about the affects of poverty in families. She convinced their father because he was weak from being sick, the children overheard her and Hansel went and [...]

    SummaryCynthia Rylant tells the story of a brother and sister, Hansel and Gretel, who live with their father and stepmother in the forest. The family was starving and the stepmother persuaded the father to lose the children in the forest so they would have more food for themselves. When the children were left alone in the forest, they came across a house filled with sugar and edible treats; little did they know a witch lived there who love to eat plump children. Jen Corace creates illustrations [...]

    Date: June 13th, 2015Author/Illustrator: Cynthia Rylant; Pictures by Jen CoraceTitle: Hansel and GretelPlot: Hansel and Gretel, two siblings who live with their father and stepmother in a cottage deep in the forest, are left in the forest to die, but the children luckily discover a home made of cake and sugar and are befriended by a friendly elderly woman. The children are safe and well-fed in the woman's home, but they will soon realize the elderly woman's true nature when she places them in ca [...]

    This is the classic story of Hansel and Gretel, two young children abandoned in the forest by their evil stepmother and weak father. When their trail of breadcrumbs is eaten away by mice, the children wander the woods until they come to a house made of cake and candy, and a witch who pretends to care for them. When her true nature is revealed, the children outwit her and stuff her in the oven- the one she planned to cook them in- and escape with food and gold. They return home and discover their [...]

    This has to be the best telling of the story of Hansel and Gretel that I've ever read, and considering the vast number of versions that are out there, that is saying a lot. As she does so well, Cynthia Rylant has superbly restored the original suspenseful luster and sense of real wonder to this oft-told tale. Re-imagining all of the events nearly from scratch, the plot reads with all of the freshness of the first time that one is ever told this frightening and magical tale, leading to a sweetnes [...]

    Hansel and Gretel Cynthia Rylant (Traditional Literature #2)Of what I have known as the story of Hansel and Gretel as a little girl was definitely different than this version that Cynthia Rylant writes. Cynthia Rylant's version of Hansel and Gretel is not only inspiring for young readers but teaches an adult reader like me who read this story to never give up. I absolutely loved this version of Hansel and Gretel. The way Hansel looked out for his sister and protected her until the end made my he [...]

    What makes this version of the familiar story outstanding is not the very fine text by Cynthia Rylant, but the captivating illustrations by Jen Corace (ink and watercolor?). She captures the sensitive vulnerability but also the resiliency of Hansel and Gretel, and the sinister loneliness of the forest, in shades of brown and olive and burnt sienna. Hand lettering by Leah Palmer Preiss decorates the cover and title page.Rylant won a Newbery Medal for the poignant ,Missing May, and her novelA Fine [...]

    I love Cynthia Rylant. I love Cynthia Rylant. So, it kills me to say that I did not like this book, but I really, really didn't. The art was fine. They way she strings words together - amazing as always. The story - ICK! Why hasn't it ever struck me just how terrible a tale this really is? A father gives his children to the woods because his new wife says to because there isn't enough food. WHAT? REALLY??? I think the terrible nature of this story was more noticeable because Cynthia Rylant tried [...]

    Mommy's review from 2/10/09 - I loved reading this with Julia and we're going to read it a few more times before it goes back. I definitely have to find the copy of Hansel and Gretel for Julia that I've been searching for. This book was pretty awesome though- Julia loved it and I had fun revisiting it myself. I guess it could be a bit scary for some kids- I wouldn't have read this to Julia if she were any younger or if she wasn't as mature as she is for her age. All the talk of cooking and eatin [...]

    3-5th gradeThe text of this book is not hard to read however the content is a bit mature and could scare smaller children. The text is set up in small paragraphs on nearly every page. The illustrations are very rigid feeling and the colors are somber and dull, which are mostly with in the text. I am not sure if this story would appeal to children, unless they like scary stories. Honestly I have never read the story of Hansel and Gretel until now and I wish I hadn’t, it is disturbing. Classroom [...]

    The emphasis on this version of the story (and if anyone can tell me when this is set, more power to them, because the parents and the kids seem to be living in different centuries) is on the children's cooperation, mutual respect, and bravery. That's a fair point. The children rescue one another in every version of the story that I've seen thus far, and if either of them had panicked or abandoned the other, they wouldn't have been able to defeat the witch. The illustrations themselves are in a [...]

    A little spookier than the Hansel & Gretel my mom used to read! This is closer to the original story, in which an evil stepmother is plotting to get rid of Hansel & Gretel. (I didn't remember any of that -- I thought they just got lost in the woods after birds ate their breadcrumb trail that lead back home). The illustrations are reminiscent of 1930's artwork and the writing tells the story with a just a touch of tension to make it spooky.

    I love Jen Corace's art and her style for Hansel and Gretel is absolutely perfect, except maybe the clothes are just a little too beautiful for children who are too poor to buy food. Cynthia Rylant's retelling of this classic tale is pitch perfect as well. I especially like that the witch has a little song: "Children dear, children fair/ I love children everywhere." A lovely fairy tale to add to any collection.

    I love Jen Corace's work(she has done a lot promo artwork for the band, the Decemberists), and this book really highlights her style and aesthetic. Hansel and Gretel is one of those stories that ride the fine line between being a child's story and being a rather frightening adult's tale; the version that Rylant presents is certainly for older child readers(I would say a mature 10 years and up). But again, the real draw for me is Corace's artwork, which is gorgeous.

    I used this book in developing literacy skills. I was able to use two books about the same story but different points of view and different authors. We were able to create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the two books. The students were able to then go and write their own version about the same story.

    This retelling is worth a look for the unusual, spooky illustrations, which really underscore what a creepy old tale this is. I especially liked the children's outfits, and the two-page spread where they are riding the swan. Cynthia Rylant's text is simple and doesn't add much that is new, but she writes a good sentence: this would work well for reading aloud.

    A visually dark retelling of the story that emphasizes the children's ability to take care of themselves, although by the end guardian spirits intervene to help "when small children have already been so brave." The pictures may appeal to older children who think they are to grown up for fairy tales.

    I enjoyed this story, it was quite mature for children since they decided to leave their children to die. I believe this book is fifth grade level, because it is a little too mature for younger kids to understand why their parents left their children. I would use this cook as a read a loud for a folk tales/fairytales during class.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book because of its unique illustrations and Cynthia Rylant’s emphasis on the children being brave and self-reliant. This story is a bit dark in nature and maybe not appropriate for younger children, but I do believe it is an important part of our traditional literature. I think this story is a wonderful classic that we should continue to pass along to new generations.

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