A fairy tale for a new generation – MinervaReads
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A completely different take on the traditional fairy tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses is illustrated with great intricacy in this slightly melancholic version. Morris plays with themes of love and redemption in her poetic retelling, her soldier ‘a hollow shadow of a man’, her princess with ‘a smile like frost on glass’. Abdollahi matches the depths of Morris’s story with fully detailed illustrations, turning the characters into complex puppets, and inserting golden headpieces that illuminate the page, fruit that tempts the reader to try to pluck it, and a weariness in the eyes of her tired dancers. A supreme and surprising twist makes this a complex but worthy new interpretation.
- Read Jackie Morris’ blog post about The Secret of the Tattered Shoes
- Read an interview with author Jackie Morris
- Watch the trailer for The Secret of the Tattered Shoes
- Mathew Tobin gives The Secret of the Tattered Shoes a five star review!
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