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Ernst, Lisa Campbell.
THE THREE SPINNING FAIRIES
: A TALE FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM
New York : Dutton Children's
IL K-3, RL 3.8
is the lazy daughter of the Royal Baker, an overworked woman who bakes
delectable pastries for the persnickety queen. When the queen breezes in
to visit the Royal Baker with her lazy, dim-witted son, she asks Zelda
to spin a bit of yarn. Zelda just whines in response. To protect her, her
Royal Baker mother lies and proclaims her daughter to be a very hard worker.
The queen, who loves hard workers, is thrilled and offers Zelda the opportunity
to marry her son if she can spin three rooms full of royal flax. Zelda
is overjoyed, instantly picturing herself as a lovely princess. One problem,
how will she spin all of that flax? Locked in a tower she begins to panic
until suddenly, she sees three very strange looking fairies flying towards
her. Can these fairies save Zelda? Will everyone get their "just desserts"?
(Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2003-2004)
Folklore -- Germany.
Laziness -- Folklore.
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