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The Wild Swans by Amy Ehrlich

The Wild Swans

by Amy Ehrlich

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This story is about a king her had 11 sons and a daughter. The King married an evil queen who turned his 11 sons into swans and sent the daughter away to live with a farmer. It talks about the daughters ordeal with trying to get her brothers back into human form and falling in love with a king.
  arilove808 | Feb 21, 2018 |
Anyone who is familiar with Amy Ehrlich's and Susan Jeffers' fairy tale adaptions will be thrilled to see that at least one has been republished, The Wild Swans. Amy Ehrlich's adaptation is excellently suited to its audience, without dumbing down the story or losing its beauty. Susan Jeffer's illustrations are exquisitely detailed and the full-page spreads are just....beautiful.

But....why the new cover? This is not a pink story. At all. And I am rather upset that they took Amy Ehrlich's name off the cover - the story is as much hers as Susan Jeffers', after all. Take a look at the original cover. A much better representation of the haunting beauty of the tale.

Verdict: But the beauty inside is worth the new cover! A must for fairy tale collections!

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ISBN: 978-0803793811; Published January 1976 by Dial; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library (not by me! I was not alive!); Added to my personal wishlist
1 vote JeanLittleLibrary | Oct 27, 2011 |
Media: Pencil Drawing (Covered Using a Fine-Tip Pen with Ink and Dye)
Genre: Fairytale
Age Appropriateness: Intermediate
This is a great example of a fairytale because it not only begins with the phrase "far far away", a common fairytale lead, but it also includes an enchantment and far-fetched sequence of events. The eleven prince brothers of the princess Elise are enchanted into swans by their evil stepmother. Elise is called on by a mystical woman to help her brothers, but she must endure pain do help them. She was called to weave 11 vests for her brothers out of stinging nettle, and during this period she could not speak. Due to her loss of speech, Elise is condemned as a witch, and would be put to death, but she completes the vests for her brothers before her death and they change back into young men. One brother, however, still had one arm that resembled the wing of a swan because Elise had not completely finished his vest.

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The step-mother served a good example for an antagonist because she enchanted Elise's eleven brothers into swans and caused Elise's father to disown her. Moreover, the step-mother created the conflict that Elise must overcome: to save her brothers from the enchantment they were under. The step-mother inadvertently caused Elise pain and suffering.
  JessicaGuiducci | Oct 16, 2009 |
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For my three nephews, Chris, Gregory, and Matthew, who are a great joy in my life
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Far, far away, in a warm and pleasant land, there once lived a king who had eleven sons and one daughter.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803793812, Hardcover)

Eleven brothers, turned into wild swans by an evil stepmother, are saved by the sacrifices of their beautiful sister, Elise.

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Eleven brothers, turned into wild swans by an evil stepmother, are saved by the sacrifices of their beautiful sister, Elise.

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