This is the kind of story that just grabs you from the very beginning and makes you keep turning the page to see what happens next. It's an original folktale that I think has lasting power. On first read, I didn't even look at the illustrations, which is pretty rare when I read a picture book but also the mark of a wonderful story. It doesn't need illustrations to support it, but when I finally did look at them, the soft antique-like colors offer the perfect "old-timey" tone.
As for the three-year-old test, it passed with flying colors. I can probably recite the book from heart since I've read it so many times.
With just enough humor and fairy tale magic, this makes a perfect story time book.
- Reading level: Ages 4-8
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (August 24, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375849793
- ISBN-13: 978-0375849794
- Source: Review copy from publisher