A picture book with a strong multi-cultural interest, retelling the story of a traditional folktale by an award-winning author, being the story of Princess Gorilla, whose father decreed that whoever could drink a whole barrelful of vinegar could marry his beautiful daugther. Verna Aardema is tha author of more than seventeen children's books and ...
A picture book with a strong multi-cultural interest, retelling the story of a traditional folktale by an award-winning author, being the story of Princess Gorilla, whose father decreed that whoever could drink a whole barrelful of vinegar could marry his beautiful daugther. Verna Aardema is tha author of more than seventeen children's books and is well known for her retelling of African folktales, including "Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears", which won the 1976 Caldecott Medal awarded by the American Library Association, and "Who's in Rabbit's House?" published by The Bodley Head in 1980. Victoria Chess was born in Chicago and has illustrated numerous American children's books.
Publishers Weekly, 1988-02-26 Artist and author, displaying the considerable wit and style for which each is known, turn an age-old idea on its side: the events surrounding a contest for the hand of a princess. King Gorilla is intent on selecting a strong, brave husband for his daughter. Whoever can quaff a barrel of vinegar, he declares, shall be the one. Elephant saunters up confidently and takes a generous trunkful of the bitter stuff. In the end, the princess marries the handsome gorilla she's had her eye on all alongbut not until she's had the fun of seeing a host of animals apply themselves to the task, with increasingly comical results. Aardema has created a high-spirited, infectiously funny story, and the language of the tale is jaunty, playful and sureperfect for reading aloud. Chess's illustrations are an inspired choice. Her animals scheme, boast, swagger, spit and, in the case of the princess, chortle with gleeeach expression hilariously rendered in her lush pen-and-watercolor scenes. Ages 4-8. (March) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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