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Extra! Extra!: Fairy-Tale News from Hidden Forest (edition 2007)

by Alma Flor Ada, Leslie Tryon (Illustrator)

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Member:leighfer23
Title:Extra! Extra!: Fairy-Tale News from Hidden Forest
Authors:Alma Flor Ada
Other authors:Leslie Tryon (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2007), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:News Paper, Nursery Rhyme, folk tales

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Extra! Extra!: Fairy-Tale News from Hidden Forest by Alma Flor Ada

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This book is formatted in newspaper form and would be suitable for third and fourth graders so that they feel comfortable reading a newspaper. The stories in the paper are told from the perspective of mother goose characters. The main scandal in the news was the beanstalk that appeared out of no where and the characters were in a debate on what to do with it. Most of the book was in newspaper format and the larger illustrations that appear were in color and the characters reactions to the news or pictures of them reading the news. There is some vocabulary that would need to be gone over after reading this to a class but otherwise is a interesting take on the nursery rhymes and folk tales that most children know. ( )
  leighfer23 | Nov 29, 2012 |
Extra! Extra! Ada and Tryon use a clever newspaper format to tell the stories of several fairy tale characters. Through sequential issues of the Hidden Forest News classic stories, from Jack and the Beanstalk to the Tortoise and the Hare are told. The newspaper includes headlines on the strange massive beanstalk that has sprouted in the forest, op-eds on what should be done about the beanstalk, international news about Geppetto and the Half-Chicken of Mexico, as well as tongue in cheek advertisements on the back page.

The book uses illustrations in two ways. First, as black and white spot illustrations printed in the newspaper. Second, there are color illustrations that show Peter Rabbit delivering newspapers to residents all over Hidden Forest. These illustrations serve to not only show who is reading the news, but also serve as dividers between issues. Ada uses newspaper conventions, such as headlines and quotations, to provide visual, as well as textual interest. Ada’s vocabulary is rich with descriptive words to learn and share, such as “proposed,” “eliminated,” “extracted,” and “resilient.”

Full Review at Picture-Book-a-Day: http://picturebookaday.blogspot.com/2012/07/book-198-extra-extra-fairy-tale-news...
  amy-picturebookaday | Jul 17, 2012 |
In this collection of community newspapers the cast of fairy tale characters are very distraught over a giant beanstalk that has grown up into the sky. Half of the town wants to destroy it but half of the others want to keep it in tact until they find Jack. Fortunately, Jack comes back before they cut it down, and he donates his goose (who lays golden eggs) to the community.

A fun fractured fairy tale for any fairy tale or traditional tale unit! ( )
  missbrandysue | Jul 15, 2012 |
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Ada's latest is a continuation of the Hidden Forest Series of fairy-tale adventures, but this time, several editions of the Hidden Forest News newspaper replace the letters of the previous books. Subscribers follow many news stories, the most notable being the saga of the mysterious beanstalk and the related disappearance of Jack Blake. Op-ed pieces illustrate the controversy surrounding the beanstalk. Also newsworthy is the closing of Geppetto's toy shop, the beginning of Half-Chicken's journey to Mexico City (both International News) and the intended race between the Tortoise and the Hare (Sports). The "Back Page" lists the advertisements. Readers with a thorough grounding in fairy tales will laugh out loud at the allusions and double entendres that are the hallmark of Ada's writing. Tryon's busy full-color illustrations will keep readers' attention as they search for hidden details. The newspapers themselves are illustrated with small tongue-in-cheek black-and-whites. Teachers of fairy-tale units will love the subtle teaching of newspaper content and layout. A must for every fairy-tale collection. (Picture book. 6-9) Copyright ©2007, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
added by almaflor | editKirkus Reviews (Jun 15, 2005)
 


Extra! Extra! Read all about it. Boy trades fam­ily cow for beans. Giant beanstalk grows. Jack Blake dis­ap­pears. Extra! Extra! Read all about it. Gepetto’s Toy Shop clos­ing. Extra! Extra! Read all about it. In sports today, we have cov­er­age of the race between the Tor­toise and the Hare. Extra! Extra! Read all about it. Lots of inter­est­ing sto­ries in these news­pa­pers!
added by almaflor | editBooktalks
 
Extra! Extra! By Alma Flor Ada (Atheneum, ages five to eight) gives all the scoops on fairy tale news as pre­sented in the news­pa­per. When the res­i­dents of the Hid­den For­est wake up and open their morn­ing papers, they are in for a sur­prise. An enor­mous beanstalk has mys­te­ri­ously sprouted out­side of Jack Blake’s house, Pinoc­chio and Half-Chicken have set out on great adven­tures, and the great race between Tor­toise and Hare fills the sports pages. Will they all find their happy end­ings? Hid­den For­est News has got the scoops. Full-color watercolor-and-ink illus­tra­tions are scat­tered among the newsprint-toned sheets. Writ­ten and laid out in news­pa­per for­mat, this new twist on famil­iar fairy tales is com­plete with fairy-tale ads, edi­to­ri­als, and a back page for children.
added by almaflor | editNugget
 
Unlike the first three books set in Hid­den For­est, this install­ment for­goes letter-writing (With Love, Lit­tle Red Hen, rev. 1/02), instead com­pris­ing three issues of the Hid­den For­est News (and a two-page extra edi­tion). The paper cov­ers local and inter­na­tional sto­ry­book head­lines as well as sports, com­mu­nity hap­pen­ings, and adver­tise­ments (tout­ing, for exam­ple, the masonry ser­vices of Pig Three). Above-the-fold news is dom­i­nated by two local sto­ries: the sud­den appear­ance of a giant beanstalk-like plant and con­cern about the fate of Jack Blake, who traded the fam­ily cow for some beans. As with the pre­vi­ous books, the fun is in fol­low­ing famil­iar char­ac­ters as they inter­act with one another and play out their well-known roles. The text-heavy news­pa­per for­mat doesn’t lend itself to story-hour read­ings, but there are plenty of clever details in both text and art for read­ers to enjoy on their own. Tryon’s black-and-white draw­ings enliven the arti­cles and fea­tures; full-page color illus­tra­tions between issues show, among other tableaux, Peter Rab­bit on his paper route. The con­cept isn’t new (e.g., Colin and Jacqui Hawkins Fairy­tale News, rev. 7–04), but for Hid­den For­est fans, Extra! Extra! Offers all the fairy-tale news that’s fit to print.
added by almaflor | editHorn Book
 
"Through articles, opinion pieces, and even sports and international pages, several issues of the Hidden Forest News provide the scoop on Jack and the Beanstalk and report on an Italian toymaker who has gone missing while searching for his puppet/son and a race between a hare and a tortoise. Headlines, columns, and black-and-white spot art tell Jack's tale from a variety of viewpoints. Things are livened up by occasional full-color pages painted in bright watercolors that show Hidden Forest residents producing, delivering, and reading the paper. Fans of the series will find their favorite characters in the articles, editorial bylines, and even the advertisements (Mr. Wolfy Lupus is running a summer camp for children). . ."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 068982582X, Hardcover)

When the residents of Hidden Forest wake up and open their morning papers, they are in for a surprise.

An enormous beanstalk has mysteriously sprouted outside of Jack Blake's house, and Jack is nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Pinocchio and Half-Chicken have set out on adventures of their own, and Tortoise and Hare are off to the races. Will they all find their happy endings? Hidden Forest News has got the scoops.

Written and laid out in newspaper format, this installment in the enchanting Hidden Forest series has received a new twist from Alma Flor Ada and Leslie Tryon. All of your favorite fairy-tale characters from Dear Peter Rabbit; Yours Truly, Goldilocks; and With Love, Little Red Hen are back, but this time they are hitting the presses and making headlines!

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:56:06 -0400)

Presents articles, editorials and ads from the "Hidden Forest Times" that retell many well-known stories, including Jack and the beanstalk, Pinocchio, and the Tortoise and the Hare.

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