The Bearskinner by Laura Amy Schlitz
A Tale of the Brothers Grimm

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A dejected soldier makes a pact with the devil in this haunting, ultimately
hopeful fairy tale, masterfully retold and vividly illustrated.

Man or bear? When a person gives up hope, is he still human? Such is the story of a soldier who has lost everything to war: his childhood home, his family and friends, his youth, and his innocence. Enter that sly opportunist, the devil, who wraps the soldier in the armor of a dead bear’s skin, fills its pockets with gold, and makes a dangerous and horrible wager. An unforgettable retelling of a classic Grimm tale, THE BEARSKINNER is a story about the struggle between the two sides of our selves, and the heroic strength it takes to claim a victory.

About Laura Amy Schlitz

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Laura Amy Schlitz is the author of three other books for children: GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES!; THE HERO SCHLIEMANN: THE DREAMER WHO DUG FORTROY; and A DROWNED MAIDEN'S HAIR, a Cybils Award winner. A librarian and professional storyteller, Laura Amy Schlitz lives in Maryland. Max Grafe has illustrated several books for children, including OLD COYOTE by Nancy Wood, THE WEE CHRISTMAS CABIN OF CARN-NA-WEEN by Ruth Sawyer, and EYE OF THE WOLF by Daniel Pennac. Max Grafe lives in New York.
Published October 9, 2007 by Candlewick. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The devil makes a bad bargain in this rich retelling from the collections of the Grimms.

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It is a story that offers hope and justice to readers and yet does not take away the feeling of reading a true darkly written Grimm fairytale.

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