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While both tales featured in the picture book start off in ways reminiscent of tales I know and love, they slowly twist into their own stories. They're all about characters in bad situations who are able to outwit the "villain" and come out triumphant.
I don't want to spoil the tales by giving too much else away, but I loved the sense of triumph, the simple language that will appeal to children and the traditional-style illustrations of David Allan.
Plus, there's a fox in the second tale, The Rooster with the Golden Crest. He's not a very good fox, granted, but I adore foxes. (Pinterest is proof of that! My fox-inspired board is 232 pictures strong...and counting!)
Perhaps because I love foxes so much, my favorite tale of the two is actually that of Masha and the Bear. But I also liked this tale of triumph the best!
While Christmas Press is an Australian company, they have a website that sells books internationally via Paypal. Later this month, the company is launching its second picture book, TWO SELKIE STORIES FROM SCOTLAND by Kate Forsyth (Who stopped by FTF earlier this week. Check it out!) and illustrated by Fiona McDonald. They'll also be releasing TWO TALES OF TWINS FROM ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME retold by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by David Allan in August, followed by ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS ANNUAL compiled and edited by Beattie Alvarez, along with two already-planned books in 2015, TWO TENGU TALES FROM JAPAN retold by Duncan Ball and illustrated by David Allan, and TWO FEARSOME FAIRY TALES FROM FRANCE retold by Adèle Geras and illustrated by Fiona McDonald.
Here's a vlog featuring a quick look at the book: