The Queen Bee by Brothers Grimm

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This is the timeless folktale of a young prince who undoes the terrible spell on a castle by accomplishing three impossible tasks with the help of some small creatures he saved from cruelty. The lean narrative moves quickly to its satisfying conclusion and preserves just the essentials to keep a child's attention and interest. Iassen Ghiuselev is a master draughtsman who meticulously executes every nuance of the situation, costumes, and characters. His settings, in the old world beauty of the Renaissance, carry a bearing and weight in sharp contrast to the pastel-pretty designs of other illustrated fairy tales. The rich tapestry colors and lavish attention to detail create an atmospheric mystery and enrich the story with a magic of their own.

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Kate Coombs is the author of The Secret-Keeper. She has worked as an editor and as an English composition teacher at various colleges in Chicago and Los Angeles. She currently teaches in Los Angeles, where she lives.John Nickle is the illustrator of Things That Are Most in the World and Never Take a Giraffe to the Movies, both written by Judi Barrett. He is also the author and illustrator of Alphabet Explosion and The Ant Bully. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published May 1, 2003 by Simply Read Books. 24 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Children's Books. Fiction

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Bulgarian artist Iassen Ghiuselev does a haunting rendering of the Brothers Grimm's The Queen Bee, trans. by Elizabeth James, the classic tale of three brothers who seek adventure and the kind youn

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