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Straw into Gold: Fairy Tales Re-spun

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Straw into Gold: Fairy Tales Re-spun

written by Hilary McKay with illustrations by Sarah Gibb

Have you ever wondered what happened to Snow White after the prince woke her up? Do you know the real story about Little Red Riding Hood and her relationship with the Pied Piper’s son? Author Hilary McKay divulges these secrets and many more in her new book, STRAW INTO GOLD: Fairy Tales Re-spun. She takes the themes of 10 different fairy tales and gives them a twist, spinning them into delightful new stories. Some of the rewritten stories include those of Rumpelstiltskin, Cinderella and Snow White.

"McKay brings new light, depth and humor to these well-known tales. Her writing is lively, imaginative and engaging..."

Each new story provides more background and back story to the original tale. For instance, in the story about Hansel and Gretel, the duo are in a classroom and they have been assigned the age-old task of writing a report about what they did over the holidays. Gretel submits a paper explaining how she and Hansel ended up in the witch’s cottage, how they escaped, and why Hansel’s shirt is now too tight (it’s because the witch forced him to eat too much).

McKay brings new light, depth and humor to these well-known tales. Her writing is lively, imaginative and engaging, making the reader want to learn more. Several black and white illustrations that look like cut-outs enhance the pages and break up the text.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on March 20, 2019

Straw into Gold: Fairy Tales Re-spun
written by Hilary McKay with illustrations by Sarah Gibb