Item description for The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs: The Classic Brothers Grimm Folktale by Sherry Meidell...
In this classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale that follows the tradition of "Hansel and Gretel" and "Snow White," a young peasant boy is predestined to greatness---once he overcomes an outlandish decree from the king. Demanding that the boy pluck three golden hairs from the scalp of the devil in order to win the princess's hand, the king dispatches him to the devil's cottage in the woods. Along the way many helpers materialize, including the devil's grandmother, helping the boy on his quest and reassuring readers that the peasant boy will prevail. Illustrations of the deep forest creep and crawl thrillingly---with hidden snakes and demons for children to identify---as the hero pushes on towards his encounter with the devil.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.6" Width: 9.1" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Sep 28, 2006
Publisher Silverleaf Press
ISBN 1933317507 ISBN13 9781933317502
Availability 0 units.
More About Sherry Meidell
<div>May Swenson was born in Logan, Utah in 1913, the first of ten children. As a child, she played in the willows and along a canal that carried water from the nearby mountains through her small town, just as the speaker in "The Centaur" does. Eleven volumes of her poetry were published during her lifetime, earning her dozens of awards, membership in the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. During the last years of her life, she served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. May died in 1989 and is buried less than a mile from her canal in “The Centaur.” <br> <br> Sherry Meidell lives in West Bountiful, Utah, and coincidentally spent many childhood summers near May Swenson's home. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she specializes in brushes and watercolor with pencil for detail. <i>The Centaur</i> is the ninth book she has illustrated. <br> <br> </div>
Sherry Meidell currently resides in West Bountiful, in the state of Utah.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs: The Classic Brothers Grimm Folktale?
a must have! Dec 28, 2007
The illustrations are amazing and Sherry Meidell has a distinctive style. It's a fun story too!
Excellent Feb 27, 2007
I am a great fan of Sherry Meidell and her artwork. I enjoy collecting children storybooks. This is such a fun book and I love the illustrations! I highly recommend this as a great addition to any library or personal collection.
Have a Devil of a Good Time Reading This Retelling! Jan 19, 2007
You know, I'm familiar with the story of The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs, but I don't think I've ever read the original...I believe I saw a cartoon version of it some several dozen years ago, so I'm familiar with the basics of the story, but can't really make a comparison with the original version and this one...so I'll just review this one on it's own as a story worth reading and/or telling to children. That said, The Devil with Three Golden Hairs is a fine story book with lavish illustrations done in a style that isn't my favorite, but is evocative of days gone by and quite effective for the story. Additionally, the illustrations are FULL of all kinds of extra detail (creepy crawly things in the dark forest) for kids to pour over and giggle about while reading or after the story has been read...it's a visual feast.
As for the story itself, it's quite well done. The king is selfish and greedy and upon hearing that a child has been born and it has been prophesized that he will marry the kings daughter...he can't abide the idea of his precious daughter marring a peasant, so he charms the child away from the parents with gold and promises to raise him in the palace. No sooner is he away from them then he tosses the child in a box into the river without further thought or worry. The boy is, naturally, found by a couple who desperately wanted children but never had any and they raise him as their own....we have several layers of the king tries to kill the boy unsuccessfully, which will make children cheer. Finally, fed up at the boy having been unwittingly married off to his daughter, chargers him with getting three of the devil's golden hairs, thinking that surely the devil will dispose of the boy for him...but we all know that's not what happens. I love the ending where the king, in his greed is actually tricked by the young man (who is never given a name) into returning to the ferry, where he becomes trapped, rowing back and forth on the river from sun rise to moon rise. A fitting end.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed this story. My kids loved the devil's grandmother and all the furniture made of bones and enjoyed hearing how to solve the riddles of the well, the golden apple tree and the ferry man. By the end they were giggling madly at the fate of the king. It's a fine version, well suited for young children. There is, what in this day and age might be termed, "attempted violence" many times in the story...but no one ever actually gets hurt and in the end, the king isn't killed, he's given his just deserts winding up a poor ferryman, rowing across the river day in and day out. The overall message that good perseveres is there, but not in an over the top, in your face kind of way. The text combined with the illustrations make The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs an entertaining retelling of this Grimm's Folktale. I `d recommend it without hesitation for beginner readers, the text is long enough to provide some challenge to a starting reader, but not too long or challenging that he or she will become frustrated with the effort. I'd say the ideal age range for this book is 4-8 or so, younger readers may also enjoy the story and there isn't anything so frightening in the text that this story could be read earlier and often. Additionally this makes a VERY FUN read aloud story, especially if you can do the voices of characters (particularly, the devil and grandmother)...what a fun read!!