Sunday, October 18, 2015

Review: The Wild Swans (Jackie Morris)

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The Wild Swans
Author: Jackie Morris
Format: Hardback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9781847805362
Age Range: 8 to 12
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Published: Oct. 1, 2015
This very beautiful and lyrical extended version of the fairy tale 'The Wild Swans' by Hans Christian Andersen is the much anticipated companion to East of the Sun, West of the Moon. With strong characterization of the heroine and also with more rounded characterization of the wicked stepmother than in the original version, and with delicate watercolor paintings throughout, this is both a wonderful story and delightful gift.

Jackie Morris lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales, with children, dogs and cats. Ever since leaving college, Bath Academy of Art, at least one cat has watched over her while she works. Big cats and small are a passion in her life, and it was while reading and watching her cat Pixie sleeping in winter that the idea for I am Cat came about. Among her many books for Frances Lincoln are The Ice Bear, The Snow Leopard, and Tell me a Dragon.


The Wild Swans is a beautiful fairy tale retelling with breath-taking and intricate illustrations that weave perfectly into this story. I love all of the gorgeous paintings and artwork that are portrayed throughout the book. 

"They told her about how they had woken to find themselves turned to birds and the calling, so strong, to go south. And they told her how this enchantment, so strong, could not easily be broken. They were trapped in a cycle. In daylight hours they took the form of swans, but as soon as the sun set they returned to human form."

I actually loved the size of the book as made the story feel different and special. I recommend  this book to anyone who enjoys fairy tales and especially to those who have children. 

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