The Edmond Sun

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February 18, 2013

2-19 Good Reads

Books

EDMOND — ‘WHO PUSHED HUMPTY DUMPTY? AND OTHER NOTORIOUS NURSERY TALE

MYSTERIES’

BY DAVID LEVINTHAL

Break in at the Three Bears family home? It could only be one dame.

Wicked witch gone missing from her candied cottage? Hansel and Gretel claim it was self-defense.

Did Humpty Dumpty really just fall off that wall, or was he pushed?

Here are five fairy tale stories with a twist, all told from the point of view of a streetwise police officer called Binky, who just happens to be a toad in a suit and a fedora.

When Snow White doesn’t make it to the beauty pageant, Officer Binky is the first to find the apple core lying by her bed.

When an awful giant mysteriously crashes to the ground, upsetting the whole town, Binky discovers exactly who is responsible.

Author David Levinthal and illustrator John Nickle retell these classic stories in the style of a 1940s noir detective novel — for kids! Here is a great way to introduce classic stories to children, who will get a kick out of comparing and contrasting different versions.

Ages 4-8.

‘THE BEAUTIFUL LADY: OUR LADY

OF GUADALUPE’

BY PAT MORA

Every December, Grandma Lupita tells Rose the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

As they make paper flowers to put around her statue, Grandma begins: “Long ago, on a cold December morning near what is now Mexico City, a man named Juan Diego put on his cloak and started down the road to church.”

On his way, Juan Diego sees a beautiful lady at the top of a hill. She tells Juan Diego to go to the bishop and ask him to build a special church for her. But the bishop doesn’t believe that Juan Diego has seen the lady; he asks for a sign.

Again the lady sends Juan Diego, and again the bishop asks for a sign. Until finally, she provides one: her shining image on Juan Diego’s cloak for everyone to see.

A story of faith and determination, this book features Spanish words and phrases and is an ideal way to introduce young ones to the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Ages 5-8.

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