Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

The Three Sillies

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

The Three Sillies

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Kellogg, Steven: The Three Sillies. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press, 1999. ISBN 0-7636-0811-4.

The inspiration for the retelling of The Three Sillies came from Joseph Jacobs' classic English Fairy Tales. In this brand new version Kellogg's slapstick humor is seen as a suitor for a young girl sets out to find three people who are sillier than this young girl and her parents. The suitor achieves his objective and returns for the hand of the young girl and he, himself, becomes the silliest silly in all the land.

Throughout the reviewed books, we have focused on titles or characters of long ago. One common denominator about the books is that there is someone in the retelling of the story, the illustrating of the story, or a person who introduces the book who fondly remembers the specific title as a child. These people who so enjoyed these stories want to insure that the children of the new millennium look upon these books with as much fondness as they did. …

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