Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Children's Book Review

"The Fisherman and the Turtle"
adapted by Eric A. Kimmel
illustrated by Martha Aviles

Taken from the jacket:
In the time of the Aztecs, a fisherman lives with his wife in a hut by the sea. One day, he captures a green turtle, a god in disguise. The turtle grants him a wish in exchange for being released. the fisherman asks for four fishes. When his wife finds out, she's furious. Why didn't he wish for a stone house so they could be rich? Three different times, she sends her husband back to talk to the turtle. On each visit, the fisherman asks the turtle to grant the ever-more-demanding wishes of his greedy wife. But his wife finally goes too far!

This book is a revised version of of several old tales. He has taken part of Grimms' Fairy Tale "The Fisherman and His Wife" and also elements from "The Crown of Sang Nila Utama" a story from Singapore with a similar theme. To be quite honest I liked it a lot, but the kiddo was not as impressed. She had little interest in lessons that are presented this obviously. It didn't have any flowery princesses, pink tutu's or fairy wands so it wasn't really interesting to her.

The story was good, simply put and an easy read. The artwork is fabulous with bright colorful Aztec styling and well depicted emotions (as pictured above). I am sorry that my kiddo didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped, but I plan on trying one or two more times to put this back in the night time story line up to see if she'll take to it.
I do recommend it as a good read and even if your kiddo doesn't enjoy it as much as some of the others, even one read of this lesson is worth the time spent.



Anonymous said...

I love the illustrations - so colorful! I also like the idea of the old fable spin-offs. Besides, even if the kiddo is not wild about it, it is nice to have a kids book to read that is actually fun for the adult once in a while :)

TwoSeasideBabes said...

Sorry Maddie didn't enjoy the book. Isn't it always saddening when they don't enjoy something you think is wonderful. The artwork is fabulous, especially that turtle!

Beth said...

I too love the colorful illustrations. I guess the kiddos can't like every book. I certainly don't like every one. Thanks for sharing this!

Amy said...

I'm gonna check and see if our library has this book. It looks good. Maybe my 6 year old will like it.

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