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Book Title: Water Song: A Retelling of "The Frog Prince"|
Date of issue: October 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9781417773855
The author of the book: Suzanne Weyn
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 17.40 MB
Edition: Turtleback Books
Read full description of the books Water Song: A Retelling of "The Frog Prince":First off before going in you must know that this retelling is loosely based on the original tale. I thought this was a plus because personally I never was really fond of the original. Really how romantic can a real frog be?
The book is set during WWI and I love how Suzanne Weyn does her retellings with a historic backdrop. It adds realism to the tale. I've also noticed that Weyn seems to like adding lots of languages and accents to her stories, which add more of a cultural effect to them. So we have our frog prince who is the most lovable Jack, and the strong minded Emma. For such a little book she packed a lot of action. Don't get me wrong it's not action packed like a thriller, but for a fairy tale it kept the plot rolling. I appreciated that in this one we got to see the relationship between Emma and Jack grow. It's not "oh I just realized that we are beautiful and we should totally be together!" It had a lot more of a real footing in the love they will eventually have for each other. At first they both are kind of wary of each other; not sure what the other is thinking. They have the age old assumptions of each other. She thinking he was uneducated and rough, and he thought she believed she was too good for him because of her wealth. It was kind of funny because sometimes they were right.
I want to spend the rest of the review singing praises over Jack, but I won't do that. Maybe I should create my own Ode to Jack later. I'll make copies for anyone who wants one:) He is just the perfect all American southern boy. Nuff' said. I was kind of disappointed when I found out what the locket had, though it did have a symbolic meaning. I thought it could have been more original. At times I was confused, well not confused but questioning why they decided to do certain things. The ending is so sweet though and makes up for it completely.
Best quality of the book (instead of Jack of course) was that both the main characters had strong values, which I thought should be applauded.
Simply a lovely story.
Read information about the authorSuzanne Weyn grew up in Williston Park, Long Island, New York. She has three sisters and a brother. As a girl she was very interested in theater and in reading. Louisa May Alcott was her favorite author, but she also read every Sherlock Holmes story. Suzanne lived pretty close to the ocean and going to Jones Beach was one of her favorite activities Even today, if she goes too long without seeing the ocean, she starts feeling restless.
Suzanne now lives in upper New York State with her husband, two teen daughters and Abby the cat. Her house is at the edge of the woods and is nearly 200 years old. She graduated from State University of New York at Binghamton and received her Masters degree from Pace University. She teaches part time at City College in New York.
Suzanne’s other books for Simon Pulse include South Beach Sizzle, a romantic comedy written with Diana Gonzalez. Her novels for the Simon Pulse line, “Once Upon a Time” are The Night Dance; a Retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, Water Song: a Retelling of the Frog Prince, and The Crimson Thread: a Retelling of Rumplestiltskin. She very much enjoys rethinking these classic tales from an original point of view, always looking for the real psychological underpinning of the story. Suzanne is currently doing revisions on her fourth book in the line, which will be coming in '09.
Suzanne’s other recent novels are include The Bar Code Tattoo (2004) and its sequel. The Bar Code Rebellion (2006). The Bar Code Tattoo was selected by the American Library Assoc. (ALA) as a '05 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and was a ’07 Nevada Library nominee for “Best Young Adult Fiction”. It is currently translated into German and was nominated for the '07 Jugenliteraturpreis for Young People’s Literature.
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