By Michael Cunningham
Fairy stories for our occasions from the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of
A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the facility to alter destiny; a lady whose terribly lengthy hair explanations disaster; a guy with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a home deep within the woodland, developed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and different Tales, the folks and the talismans of lands a long way, some distance away—the mythic figures of our childhoods and the resource of a lot of our wonder—are reworked by means of Michael Cunningham into tales of elegant revelation.
listed here are the moments that our fairy stories forgot or intentionally hid: the years after a spell is damaged, the rapturous fast of a miracle abruptly discovered, or the destiny of a prince purely part cured of a curse. The Beast stands prior to you in line on the comfort shop, purchasing smokes and a narrow Jim, his devouring smile geared toward the cashier. A malformed little guy with a knack for minor acts of wizardry is going to disastrous lengths to acquire a toddler. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers residing in his mother's basement to getting a task, till the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.
Reimagined via essentially the most talented storytellers of his new release, and exquisitely illustrated through Yuko Shimizu, infrequently have our bedtime tales been this darkish, this perverse, or this real.
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Com/ This educational website features kid-friendly information about the Mayan people and Mayan civilization, including details about the Mayan ball game often called pok-ta-pok or pok-a-tok. Perl, Lila. The Ancient Maya. New York: Franklin Watts, 2005. Learn more about the ancient Maya from this volume in the People of the Ancient World series. creating the hero twins: against the lords of death Author Dan Jolley consulted several translations of the Popol Vuh to create this book. To create authentic costuming and setting, artist David Witt reviewed numerous books exploring Mayan history, art, and architecture.
A Wild Swan: And Other Tales by Michael Cunningham