The Fisherman and His Wife by Rosemary Wells

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Have you heard the story about the fisherman and his wife and the magic fish--the one that was told by the Brothers Grimm? Well, this is the real version, as only Rosemary Wells could tell it! With cats in the starring roles and a setting in the fjords of Norway, this hilarious retelling puts a new spin on the well-known tale about a fisherman's wife whose greed knows no bounds. Fans of cats, folklore, Scandinavia, and the incomparable Rosemary Wells all have reason to rejoice in this fractured feline fairy tale.

About Rosemary Wells

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Rosemary Wells, author and illustrator of several dozen books for children and young adults, was born in 1943 in New York City. She studied at the Museum School at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Wells began her career in publishing, working as an art editor and designer first at Allyn and Bacon and later at Macmillan Publishing. Her first work, which she both wrote and illustrated, was Martha's Birthday, published in 1970. Her first work for young adults was The Fog Comes on Little Pig Feet, published in 1972. Wells is perhaps most famous for the Max series, beginning with Max's First Word, published by Dial in 1979. Although the primary audience for the series is very young children, the books appeal to the senses of humor of even small children. Wells says that the inspiration for these stories is her own children. Wells is the recipient of numerous awards including a Children's Book Council Award for Noisy Nora in 1974, the Edgar Allan Pie award for two young adult books, Through the Looking Glass and When No One Was Looking, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Shy Charles. Rosemary Wells is married to Thomas Moore Wells, an architect. The couple has two daughters. Hubbard's artwork is represented in public and private collections ranging from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Eskeland Collection In Oslo
Published July 1, 1998 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife.

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Ulla muses that a little larger cooking pot would be useful, and so a peddler delivers it, “already paid for,” and Ulla and Ragnar throw a party for their neighbors.

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As always, Wells distills the essence of her story in precise, descriptive language: ""They were happy with no more than the taste of homemade bread and the smell of the west wind."" In debut artist Hubbard's gouache, watercolor and pencil illustrations, cozy touches abound, from the traditional ...

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