Gudgekin The Thistle Girl and Other Tales by John Gardner

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The classic children’s collection—now available as an ebook
John Gardner’s fairy-tale collection depicts a world where anything can happen—and often does A humble thistle girl, a wise old philosopher, a hapless woodchopper, and an unscrupulous king—these are the vivid protagonists of Gardner’s masterful book for children. Richly and humorously drawn, they face challenges at every turn. And in a realm where any one of these unconventional heroes might triumph, the reader will delight in expecting the unexpected! Inventive and illustrative, entertaining and edifying, these four stories demonstrate the quirky challenges of distinguishing between good and evil and living happily ever after.



About John Gardner

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John Gardner was born in 1933 and raised outside of Batavia, New York and graduated from Batavia High School in 1951. He was a poet, novelist, dramatist, translator and teacher as well as composing operas, librettos and paintings. Gardner wrote three works on the art of writing, which were "On Becoming a Novelist," "The Art of Fiction," and "On Moral Fiction." He also wrote the children's story "Dragon, Dragon" and the play "Days of Vengeance," which he wrote for his mother Priscilla. John C. Gardner died in 1982.
Published November 2, 2010 by Open Road Media Young Readers. 59 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books.

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and the title story, about an abused thistle-gatherer who feels sorry only for the miseries of others, parallels Cinderella--but the happy ending comes only after a period of self pity, ending with "pity for all of us in this miserable world."

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