Clever Katarina

Clever Katarina

A Tale in Six Parts

Book - 2006
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In the grand tradition of fairy tales, clever and beautiful Katarina must solve the king's riddle in order to become queen, or risk her dear father going to prison. She must get to the castle -- not clothed, yet not naked; not riding, yet not walking; not on the road, yet not off the road. Will kindhearted Katarina be able to solve the riddle and save her father from his fate?

Renowned storyteller Ken Setterington has borrowed from European folk traditions to tell an enchanting story of a young girl -- intelligent, observant, and pure of heart -- whose sensitivity and acumen saves the day.

Nelly and Ernst Hofer's delicate cut-paper art of scherenschnitt makes this storybook an exquisite addition to any collection.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780887767647
Characteristics: 37 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Hofer, Nelly
Hofer, Ernst 1961-


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Sep 13, 2017

This book is one of the most “clever” children’s books I have read, and it’s why it is on my bookshelf to this day. It’s short, sweet, and smart all at the same time, as well as giving the entire situation a magical fairy-tale feel despite the fact that everything was realistically written. Katarina is the daughter of a poor man, and he praises her constantly about her clever mind and soul. When the man doesn’t pay heed to his daughter’s advice and gives the King gold he found on his land, the King blames him for stealing the mortar. The man is forced in jail and Katarina has to live alone until the day when the King offers a deal. If Katarina solves the riddle, she will have her father free again. Katarina is truly clever and witty, with equal parts smart and sweet. Even when she becomes Queen, she doesn’t let her entity and level get in the way of helping others help themselves. A book that should be called a children’s classic, right there with all the princesses.
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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