Welcome to another Perfect Picture Book Friday or PPBF today. Fall is really here now in mid – October. Perfect for a fairy tale and I have the perfect one for you. Did you eat your fill of the something chocolate over at Susanna Leonard Hill’s? Where all the other participants of Perfect Picture Book Friday go to collect their reviews by theme and categorized in order? If not, go fill up, come back, and read this one.
Perfect Picture Book Friday/ The Black Bull of Norroway
Title: The Black Bull of Norroway
Author/ illustrator: Charlotte Huck/ Anita Lobel
Publishing info: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2001
Theme : A retelling of a Scottish tale set in Norway, Girl Power, fairy tale,
Summary : ‘Long ago in Norway, three sisters were talking about marriage. The eldest wanted titles and money. Peggy Ann, the youngest, only wanted a kind husband who loved her. “I’d even be content with the Black Bull of Norroway,” she said. And so begins a classic fairy tale of enchantment, adventure, bravery, loyalty and love. Charlotte Huck’s spunky heroine and Anita Lobel’s lush paintings combine to create an experience to be savored over many readings.”
Resources: a free study guide if you belong to kindle unlimited is here :
And for a teachers guide you pay for go here:
Content for University of Oklahoma for a course in Mythology and fairy tales is here:
Wikisource calls it a Blue Fairy Tale and you can learn more by going here :
And Why I love this book: I love this book because of the art. Anita Nobel really captures the story and gives a magical feel to it. I Love the story because it was about girls. It really is a Girl Power! Girls instead of boys leaving home to find their fortunes and husbands instead of their brides. And the one who says she would marry for love really did. She showed loyalty and love by sticking with the bull, doing him a kindness, thereby breaking the evil spell and he turns into a prince. Then losing him again and after a long hard journey finding him again and finally marrying him. This is a fairy book that could be an archetype for modern romances.
Thanks so much for reading this. If you would like to read more books like this one go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books site where you will find a treasure trove of good stories for students , parents and teachers and librarians. All categorized in alphabet order and in order of theme. Go there and see for yourself why you should and will want to tell others about it. Perfect Picture Book Friday. It’s awesome!
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