The Swineherd by Hans Christian Andersen, Deborah Hahn
Publisher: Lothrop Lee & Shepard (September 1991)
Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.3 x 0.3 inches
It's probably the pinnacle of cheek to revise the works of a master like Andersen, but author/artist Hahn takes the gamble and wins. In her version, "Hans" narrates while a motley assortment of players (children, pigs and pets)--captured in sprightly, delicately colored drawings--act out the classic fairy tale. Their often humorous running commentary provides a visual counterpoint to the familiar story of the rejected prince who disguises himself as a swineherd and ultimately dumps a fickle princess. Here, however, the tale's ending causes a commotion, and after tears and a heated debate the characters submit a rewrite--"with all due respect, Hans." The final few pages picture a repentant swineherd/prince giving the humbled princess a second chance, vindicating any reader who has ever been unhappy with a book's original ending. Ages 5-up.
Condition: Used - Very Good
Seller's comments: Hardcover in dust jacket. Book has an address sticker on jacket and very light wear otherwise the book is like new.