The Magic Ring

by Jeanette Winter

Paperback, 1987

Status

Available

Collection

Publication

Knopf Books for Young Readers (1987), Edition: 1ST, Paperback, 32 pages

Description

Lost in the forest after the family she works for is killed by robbers, a poor servant girl is befriended by a white dove who provides food, clothing, and shelter but then asks for a favor in return.

Language

ISBN

0394863240 / 9780394863245

Barcode

3786

User reviews

LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
When a young servant-girl finds herself alone in the forest, following the murder of the family who employed her, a white dove comes to her with a succession of golden keys, each of which unlocks a secret arboreal chamber, where she finds everything she needs to live. Eventually, the dove enlists the girl in a quest to find the ring that can free him from an enchantment...

I'm puzzled to see this described by another reviewer as a "Russian folk-tale," as the cover explicitly states that it is adapted from the Brothers Grimm. Based upon Die Alte im Wald ("The Old Woman in the Forest"), its has many elements that will be familiar to fairy-tale readers, despite being one of the less well-known of the Grimm Märchen. Although by no means brilliant, Jeanette Winter's narrative and illustrations will engage the reader. Grimm completists, in particular, will want to take a look at this one.
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Pages

32

Rating

(2 ratings; 3.5)
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