Hansel and Gretel: Rika Lesser



Hansel and Gretel

Author: retold by Rika Lesser
Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
Publisher: Putnam
Publication Year: 1984
Brief Summary:  A retelling of the classic folktale, Hansel and Gretel, where a brother and sister are abandoned and have to find their way home.
Awards, Honors and Prizes: 

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library & brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.:

  • Unit on folktales…how does this version compare to other versions?
  • Parts of the story: beginning, middle, end — younger kids can try to summarize the story; older kids can talk about how the author builds the suspense of the story to the climax.
  • How do the illustrations lend to the mood/tone for the story? How do these illustrations differ from those found in other versions?  How did the illustrator show fear, anguish, anger, etc?
  • If reading this story close to Christmas time, can set aside time for students to build gingerbread houses.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.

Accessed at: Capilano Library

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