The Swan Maiden

by Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911.

Format: Print Book 1994
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB PYLE Howard
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PB PYLE Howard
Pine Center Branch Juvenile J PB PYLE
Location  Pine Center Branch
Collection  Juvenile
Call Number  J PB PYLE
A prince releases the "swan maiden" from a witch's spell and marries her.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5-8. Trying to discover who is stealing pears from his golden pear tree, the king asks for the help of his three sons. After the older two fail, the youngest son cleverly outwits the thief, who is a beautiful swan maiden. The prince promises not to shoot her if she'll agree to marry him. She accepts his proposal but explains that he must first outsmart the three-eyed witch and free her from the witch's power. Pyle's original, romantic story, which first appeared in the nineteenth-century Wonder Clock, captures the essence of a classic fairy tale. Although this edition is credited specifically to Pyle, Ellin Greene, in her afterword, states that this is her retelling, shortened especially for the storyteller. Each full-page illustration is executed in bold, dark colors and framed by a two-color border. The type, printed on large blocks of white paper, intrudes on the illustrations, detracting from the visual quality of the work, but Sauber's painterly style is a match for this enchanting tale of good overcoming evil. ~--April Judge"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Retelling this late-19th-century story, Greene retains the feel and form of traditional folktale-so useful to storytellers-as well as Pyle's (1853-1911) conversational tone. When a king discovers that his tree is being pilfered of its golden pears, he sets each of his three sons, in turn, to catch the thief. The first two are lulled by otherworldly music; the youngest, who has stuffed his ears, discovers a lovely swan maiden, and instantly determines to marry her. First, however, he must free her from servitude to a three-eyed witch. Although Greene comments in an afterword about Pyle's stature as ``one of the best teachers of illustration in America,'' there are no samples of his art for the 1888 edition of this particular tale. Instead, Sauber serves up glowing pictures with fairly conventional figures-blond prince and maiden; and a witch whose beaky nose and unkempt tresses are more noticeable than the eye in her forehead. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Fairy tales.
Publisher New York :Holiday House,1994
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Greene, Ellin, 1927-2018
Sauber, Rob.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm
ISBN 0823410889
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