Hansel and Gretel
Author: retold by Rika Lesser
Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
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:
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1985′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
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