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Zel
Zel
by Donna Jo Napoli
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.20

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rapunzel re-told...better than the original, 4 Aug 2010
This review is from: Zel (Paperback)
Donna Jo Napoli has created a very special atmosphere in Zel that keeps you gripped until the very end. Luckily, this is a book that can be read in one night.

This book has more of a Brothers Grimms feel than a Charles Perrault feel in that it does not cover up the gritty realities of life. It is not a scary book, however, and one is led to understand the motivations behind things.

The reader is given an insight into the thoughts and actions of the three main characters, namely, Zel, Mother and Konrad. Consequently, a progressively updated psychological profile on each character manifests as the story moves on. Although the story shifts from one character to the other, the transition for the reader is seamless.

To sum up, this is a simple yet deep book that captures the imagination and transports it to a world of everyday magic.


Heidi (Wordsworth Children's Classics)
Heidi (Wordsworth Children's Classics)
by Johanna Spyri
Edition: Paperback
Price: 1.89

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The good spirited girl, 3 Aug 2010
The character of Heidi is an inspiration. She is wonderfully natural in speech and manners, kind, thoughtful and loving. I grew up watching the serialization of this book on television and reading this charming book for the first time in my 45th year has been joyous.

I wish Heidi was the current role model for children, showing the transformative power of natural, unaffected goodness.

Oh dear, I fear I am beginning to sound like the elders of every generation, waggling their fingers and complaining about "youngsters today"!

I love this book and recommend it wholeheartedly.


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