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These final two picture books present some variations on familiar stories. I love variants of folk tales and fairy tales immensely. These two are stand outs.

How ironic that a book entitled CHICKEN BIG (Chronicle 2010) only has small images at Titlewave and Amazon? Oh well, here are the covers I could retrieve. This story begins with a large chicken hatching from an egg. Of course, there are some not-so-sharp chickens that insist he is not a chicken but some other thing or creature. In what is a lovely combination of "Chicken Little" as well as "The Blind Men and the Elephant," there are some wrong guesses as to the exact nature of Chicken Big. Funny and warm with asides and panels a la GN, here is a picture book to span ages nicely. <545>

RUBIA AND THE THREE OSOS (Disney/Hyperion 2010) is a lovely Spanish flavored telling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Suan Middletom teams with Melissa Sweet to deliver the story of three osos who go for a walk leaving their sopa behind. In comes the intruder who breaks a silla, eats the baby's sopa, and then (thankfully) regrets her actions and makes reparations. A glossary provides pronunciation and definitions/translations. <546>
Tags: fairy tales, retellings

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