When the raven becomes a child, he looks like the main character in Tony Baloney to me. I thought the fact that he came into the world because a girl drank a pine needle was weird, but I guess that’s not any stranger than the idea of a stork, and it’s definitely more kid-friendly than a lot of the alternatives. I definitely think the illustrations outshine the story in this case, however. The story didn’t feel logical to me.
Arrow to the Sun. by Gerald McDermott. Published 1974. Caldecott Medal 1975. Puffin. ISBN: 9780140502114
The art in this one is stronger than in Raven, as is the story. I did notice some similarities in both stories, but since they are folk tales, I don’t think the author necessarily recycled his own story. I just think that many folk tales are similar. My favorite page in the entire book is the two-page spread where the boy, as the arrow, is shot into the sun. I love all the geometric patterns and the brightness of the colors.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. by Wanda Gag. Published 1938. Caldecott Honor 1939. Faber. ISBN: 9780571064960
I love the tiny lines of the Gag’s illustrations in her retelling of Snow White. This version is a bit wordy for sharing with really young kids, but it tells the full story rather than the Disney-fied short form, which I think focuses more on the romance than the wickedness of the queen. I was surprised at how late in the story the prince turns up!
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