Hansel and Gretel (Adrienne Adams)


One last Adrienne Adams-illustrated treat!  One of the best-known Grimm tales, "Hansel and Gretel."  I'm just going to assume you know this one.  (If you don't, wow.  Oh, and you can read it here.)

I like Adams's cartoony witch.  Contrast her with the menacing, slinky witch from Jorinda and Joringel.  (I know I keep describing her as slinky, but that's my adjective of choice.)  Otherwise, this is my least favorite book of the three I checked out this week.  "Hansel and Gretel" should be a treat for an artist.  There are so many great images in the text:  foreboding woods, evil witch, cute kids, and of course, that house!  And when I find an illustrator I like, I hope to love his or her interpretation of this particular tale.

Well, as I said, I like the witch.  And I love the trees.  The trees in this book are beautiful.  I would paper a room with her tree illustrations.  The gingerbread house leaves something to be desired, though.  In fact, as I read the book, I felt let down by the pictures.  I had hoped for something grander.  Something more.  Something yummy.  Like a yummy gingerbread house.

But I still love this fairy tale.

Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm.
Illustrated by Adrienne Adams.
Translated by Charles Scribner, Jr.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975.












Contrast this Hansel and Gretel picture book with this one Melissa featured on Julia's Bookbag.  (We have it checked out right now, too.)  That house looks pretty yummy.  I want gingerbread now.

School is out again.  The grand total was 14.2 inches of snow, Wichita's second-highest snowfall in its recorded history.  I haven't reserved a room in Topeka for the Kansas Silent Film Festival yet.  I have a feeling, as I write this, that we're not going this year.  I spend the winter wishing and wishing for snow.  Be careful what you wish for?

I wish you all a very merry weekend!  Happy reading!



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  1. I can't believe I can't find any of these Adrienne Adams books at my library. Boo.

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    1. I've been running into that disappointment a lot lately. Our library has more, but they're in an "In Library Use Only" section. Sorry, Leanne.

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  2. This is very very lovely! I do see your point though, in wanting to see a yummy looking gingerbread house. It should be amazing right? or why would the kids bother with it?

    it's GREY today, and gusty. I'M SO OVER IT.

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    1. It's sunny and cold and there's a lot of snow. More coming Sunday and Monday, according to the forecast. Maybe we'll attempt to make a snowman again. I'm bummed. I can't complain much, because I'm known as the snowgirl, the one all the snow-haters gripe at, because they know it makes me happy. But I didn't want to miss my Silent Film Festival. It only happens once a year, and I was really looking forward to going as a family. I've been pretty bummed, actually, between my show closing and not getting cast in the play I auditioned for. I need to get over myself, though. Maybe we can make it to Big Lots and get some shelves for the playroom...

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  3. Adorable, especially that picture with the duck. I know what you mean about the gingerbread house though. It does look rather dull. Have a happy weekend -hope you enjoy it (snow and everything) no matter what!

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    1. Yeah, it just doesn't have that YUM! factor. ;o) We shall try! I think we're going to work on the playroom. More snow predicted on Sunday and Monday. I wonder if we'll have yet another snow day...

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  4. Joan Walsh Anglund has a "sweet" version (pun intended), but I really feel like I could climb in Adrienne Adams' artwork - I especially love the full page spread of the woods and the cottage, and Hansel and Gretel holding hands. The cottage looks ginger-bread-y, but you're right - it's missing the icing, gumdrops, and lollipops...all the good stuff!

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    1. Yes, the Anglund is the one Melissa featured on Julia's Bookbag, and we have it checked out, too. I'm definitely loving Adams, though, and I plan to keep an eye out for more of her books! Both your blog and my vintage book collection (in blog from) have featured her recently, right? I placed my library reservations right away, but the three I covered this week were all I could get. Sadness.

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