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Author: Kinuko Y. Craft
Illustrator: Kinuko Y. Craft
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication year: 2000
Brief Summary: From Amazon-“This brilliant edition of a timeless story is sure to become the favorite of a generation. Readers young and old will be enchanted by the vision and mastery of Kinuko Y. Craft’s luminous paintings, inspired by the lavish artwork of late seventeenth-century France and embellished with extraordinary borders and ornamentation. Rich with radiant color and astonishing detail, here is a dream come true for anyone who has ever believed in living happily ever after.”
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –While I could not find any curriculum connections on any blog, I do think this book might be helpful for an art teacher to use. For instance, I think an art teacher could work in conjunction with the school librarian to use this book to study classical art.
Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. –The illustrations in this picture book are incredibly detailed. Even though this book was published 20 years ago, I think this book holds up as far as giving the reader (or student) a “classic” version of the fairy tale. As I have mentioned in previous posts, this could be used in conjunction with more diverse fairy tales. Additionally, Craft’s text is equally rich to her illustrations. One of my favorite illustrations is the vivid full-page illustration of the flying coach taking off to the castle in the distance, the scene awash in blazing golden light, touching all the fauna and flora in the foreground.