Grumbles From the Forest

Grumbles From the Forest

Fairy-tale Voices With A Twist : Poems

Book - 2013
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What were all those fairy-tale characters thinking? Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich answer this question in paired poems, with sometimes startling results. The Princess claims all those mattresses kept her awake?not a silly pea?while the poor pea complains that the princess snores. One Snow White begs the witch to settle by the bay and throw that mirror away. Another boldly tells the mirror she ?won?t be guided by a glass that?s so one-sided.? Grumbles from the Forest is a bewitching brew of voices?grumbling, pleading, bragging, reminiscing, confiding?that bubbles with magic and wonder. The spectacular paintings that tie the poems together are full of surprise and intrigue. This stunning collection includes end notes that briefly describe the tales and their history and an introduction that invites readers to imagine their own poems from unusual perspectives.
Publisher: Honesdale, Pa. : WordSong, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781590788677
Branch Call Number: J 811.54 YOLEN
Characteristics: 40 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Dotlich, Rebecca Kai
Mahurin, Matt
Alternative Title: Grumbles Forest


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Oct 21, 2018

Meh. I was hoping for the promised clever retellings of classic tales. Instead, it was mostly just poetic renditions of these tales.

Aug 16, 2017

Although I didn't fall in love with the poems, I did appreciate the thinking and writing process the author suggests here, to think about the well loved characters and what they might be thinking and feeling. In this manner, the book is a useful tool to expand the possibilities of creative thinking and writing. The illustrations are great.


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