Gwendolyn's Gifts

Patty Sheehan, Author, Claudia Bumgarner-Kirby, Illustrator Pelican Publishing Company $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-88289-845-2
The rewards of laboring at a task that one enjoys are manifold as expressed in this original fairy tale. Life in the castle bores Queen Gwendolyn; fine gowns and jewels do not interest her. She is, however, fascinated by the talent and craftsmanship displayed by the castle's jeweler, carpenter and seamstress. A clever ruse enables Gwendolyn to study such skills anonymously and learn them for herself, and her ensuing happiness encourages the king to try his hand--in the castle kitchen. Sheehan's smoothly paced text contains a pleasant mixture of adventure and repetition characteristic of the genre. The likable king and queen gently convey the value of self-satisfaction. Though the facial characteristics of Bumgarner-Kirby's cast are undistinguished, her lighthearted illustrations--especially of the wood-carving queen--may prompt a ``whistle while you work'' attitude. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1991
Release date: 09/01/1991
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