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The Resource The tinderbox, Hans Christian Andersen ; retold by Stephen Mitchell ; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

The tinderbox, Hans Christian Andersen ; retold by Stephen Mitchell ; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Label
The tinderbox
Title
The tinderbox
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Hans Christian Andersen ; retold by Stephen Mitchell ; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Title variation
Tinder box
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Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
With the help of a magic tinderbox, a soldier finds a fortune and pursues a princess imprisoned in a castle
Review
  • Gr 2–5— The soldier may be handsome and the princess lovely, but the old witch and the three giant dogs along with the beautifully developed settings really create the superb fairy-tale ambience of this robust telling of Andersen's tale. Ibatoulline's finely hatched pen drawings, washed in muted tones, resemble lithographs and have an appropriately old-fashioned look. His wide double-page scenes include broad vistas of the mountainous countryside with far-off palaces and close-up views of characters and actions. Mitchell's faithful retelling is a bit verbose at times, but Andersen himself tended to be wordy. The scraggly witch is quite wonderful, but of course she comes to a quick end. "So he cut her head off. Her body fell to the ground, and her head fell beside it." This is not a tale for the faint of heart, but it's a rich rendering of the durable, intriguing classic.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston --Margaret Bush (Reviewed March 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 3, p150)
  • Mitchell and Ibatoulline, after Andersen's The Nightingale, adapt another of the Danish master's tales. A soldier encounters an ugly witch who offers to enrich him for a favor—fetching a lost tinderbox from a lamp-lit hall inside a hollow tree. The soldier, following her instructions, tames three massive, huge-eyed dogs guarding coin-filled rooms. Arguing with the witch over the retrieved tinderbox, the soldier severs her head. In town, his fortunes wax and wane with his riches. Discovering that striking the tinderbox convenes the magical dogs to do his bidding, he crafts nighttime visits with a beautiful, cosseted princess, enraging her royal parents. The summoned dogs foil the soldier's hanging, wreaking murderous mayhem that presages his marriage to the princess. There are no source notes, but Mitchell's crisp retelling seems faithful to Haugaard's translation, occasionally substituting less colloquial terms (eyes like dinner plates instead of millstones, for example). Ibatoulline's muted watercolors, roiling with inked crosshatching, capture both period details and the curiously satisfying menace of the canine trio. Handsome and engrossing. (Picture book. 6-10) (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
160648
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mitchell, Stephen
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 5
Reading level
4.6
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1805-1875
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Ibatoulline, Bagram
  • Andersen, H. C.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fairy tales
  • Soldiers
  • Soldiers
Target audience
preschool
Label
The tinderbox, Hans Christian Andersen ; retold by Stephen Mitchell ; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
645630
Dimensions
30 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780763620783
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006047554
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763620783
  • (OCoLC)70408019
Label
The tinderbox, Hans Christian Andersen ; retold by Stephen Mitchell ; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Link
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
645630
Dimensions
30 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9780763620783
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006047554
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763620783
  • (OCoLC)70408019
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