From Organization / 国外机构评价:
|Grade 3-6-This story-within-a-story begins when a poor fisherman catches a brass bottle. Opening it, a genie that has been imprisoned for 3000 years is released and angrily expands to a great size, announcing that he will kill his rescuer. The fisherman tells him a story of a man who kills the doctor who healed him of a disease because the monarch found the cure humiliating, and another story in which a prince kills his faithful dog. The genie is not moved by the tales and demonstrates his great power by making himself even larger. The clever man then asks if he can make himself tiny, and the foolish genie is soon back in the bottle and cast into the sea. "The rising of the moon./The setting of the sun./The teller is tired./The story is done." The illustrator's effective use of shape creates a sense of mystery and magic in this original tale that incorporates motifs from the "Arabian Nights," folktales, fables, and biblical accounts. Readers will take satisfaction in seeing the poor fisherman outwit evil in this complex and creative story cycle.
Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN
Foreign Customer Review / 国外客户评价:
|This is a beautifully illustrated fairy tale with a moral: He who returns evil for good will be punished. A poor fisherman casts his net and frees an evil genie, who threatens to kill him for his trouble. The fisherman tells a story within a story to try and convince the genie that murder would be a mistake. This is a classic Arabian Nights approach, very satisfying. The story within a story within a story structure may be somewhat complex for children reading to themselves, but the use of different type faces for each story makes them easier to track. The illustrations are dramatic and colorful. Several deaths occur in the course of this tale (and not only bad guys die), so it may be too scary or upsetting for bedtime reading for the youngest listeners.|
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