This blog contains reviews and comments on children's books which I own, have read, and would like to share. I look for books at markets and opportunity shops. They are cleaned up, covered and read. Then I take them to the classroom for students to read. Students can borrow the books at any time. Many books are also from my personal library, especially the Youth Fiction. Students can preview some of them on this blog. Now, I am also on the lookout for great new releases for my grandson Archie.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
The Table, the Donkey and the Stick by Paul Galdone
The Table, the Donkey and the Stick was adapted from a retelling by the Brothers Grimm by Hungarian-born Paul Galdone. There once lived a tailor who had three sons and a goat. As the goat nourishes the tailor and his three sons with her milk it is important that she is well fed. So each day the sons take turns leading her out to graze on the finest grass, shoots and hedges. But because of her lies and greediness for food, the tailor mistakenly drives all three of his sons away. The first son becomes an apprentice to a carpenter, the second works for a miller and the third for a woodcarver. Each of the sons works hard and they are in turn rewarded and are keen to get back to their father, but each also falls victim to an unscrupulous inn keeper. Author/illustrator Paul Galdone had known this story since he was a child in Hungry. He emigrated to the United States in 1921 and studied art at the Art Students' League and New York School for Industrial Design. He has also retold and illustrated The Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Little Red Hen, amongst others. Before his death in 1986, he divided his time between his home in Rockland County, New York and his farm in Vermont.