Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to 3
- Grade: p to 12
A brand-new board book edition, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this fractured fairy tale bedtime story
In this hilarious fractured fairy tale romp, everything goes awry. Goldilocks lives with the seven dwarfs, a princess kisses Humpty Dumpty, and she and the prince rescue the Wicked Witch of the West! Can all this mischief get sorted out so that everyone lives happily ever after? Jean Little and Maggie de Vries's playful text and Phoebe Gilman's magical illustrations make this twisted classic a delight to share with new generations of readers.
About the authors
Jean Little was born in Taiwan in 1932. Her parents were both doctors. Jean grew up in Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto. She was born with a severe eye problem and is severely visually impaired. A special "talking" computer assists her with her writing. She has a retired seeing-eye dog named Ritz and a new one named Pippa, with whom she travels. The author focuses on her experiences from the time she was a child through young adulthood in her autobiography, Little by Little, and continues her story in Stars Come Out Within. The books, which will appeal to children 10 and older, are both humorous and poignant as Jean describes living with a disability and the ridicule she sometimes experienced as a result, as well as her love for the world of reading and books. Jean's books include From Anna, Listen for the Singing, Stand In The Wind, Mama's Going To Buy You a Mockingbird, Hey World, Here I Am!, Look through My Window, Emma's Yucky Brother, The Belonging Place, and Mine For Keeps. Listen for the Singing was the Canada Council Children's Literature Award winner in 1977. Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird was the CLA Book of the Year in 1985.
Jean Little's first book, Mine for Keeps, won the Little, Brown Children's Book Award in 1962 and was republished by Viking Penguin in 1995. It tells the story of Sally Copeland, a 10 year old with cerebral palsy, and her adjustment to being home after spending several years in a special school. You'll find that several of the themes in this book appear in a number of the author's other books: dealing with a handicap and the responses of others, fitting in, and adjusting to new situations and surroundings.
MAGGIE DEVRIES’s latest novel, Hunger Journeys, won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize and was called “historical fiction at its best” by CM Magazine. She has written eight other works for young readers, as well as one book for adults, Missing Sarah. A former children’s book editor and writer-in-residence for the Vancouver Public Library, she now focuses on teaching creative writing at the University of British Columbia and on her own writing.
FACEBOOK: MAGGIE DEVRIES
PHOEBE GILMAN, la créatrice tant appréciée de la collection Lili Tire-bouchon, est aussi la plume derrière les livres primés Un merveilleux petit rien!, Les trésors de Lili Tire-bouchon, L’hippopotame bleu et L’arbre aux ballons. Elle est décédée en 2002.
Pheobe Gilman was the beloved creator of the Jillian Jiggs (Lili Tire-bouchon) series as well as the award-winning Something from Nothing (Un merveilleux petit rien!), The Gypsy Princess, Pirate Pearl, Little Blue Ben, The Balloon Tree (L'arbre aux ballons), and Grandma and the Pirates. She passed away in 2002.
PRAISE FOR ONCE UPON A GOLDEN APPLE
"A Canadian classic. This inventive spoof takes some of our favourite classic fairy tales and turns them upside down, inside out, and back to front, with always hilarious results." -Jeffrey Canton
"Children will thoroughly enjoy this picture-book, which I highly recommend as an ideal choice for both preschool and Primary classrooms." -Canadian Materials
"4/4… Parents, educators, librarians and little readers can all find something within the pages of Once Upon a Golden Apple to inspire and to amuse them… Highly Recommended." --CM Magazine
Other titles by Jean Little
From Anna (50th Anniversary Edition)
A Long Way Home
Le long chemin
Harry's Hiccups Read-Along
Listen for the Singing
Dear Canada: Hoping for Home
Stories of Arrival
Pippin the Christmas Pig
Hand in Hand
Inspired by the real-life story of Helen Keller and Martha Washington
Dear Canada: Exiles from the War
The War Guest Diary of Charlotte Mary Twiss, Guelph, Ontario, 1940
Other titles by Maggie de Vries
Other titles by Phoebe Gilman
Un merveilleux petit rien!
Something from Nothing
Grandma and the Pirates
A Treasury of Jillian Jiggs
GRANDMA AND THE PIRATES (RED)
Tell Me A Story: Jillian Jiggs to the Rescue
Book and CD
Tell Me A Story: Jillian Jiggs
Book and CD
Jillian Jiggs to the Rescue
Tell Me a Story: Balloon Tree
Book and CD