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The Queen Bee
by Elizabeth James
Illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev
AGES: 6 to 11
PAGES: 24
SIZE: 9 x 12 3/8
RIGHTS: NA English
PRICES: US $16.95, Cdn $22.95
HARDCOVER: 978-0-9688768-4-8

This is the timeless folktale of a young prince who undoes the terrible spell on a castle by accomplishing three impossible tasks with the help of some small creatures he saved from cruelty. The lean narrative moves quickly to its satisfying conclusion and preserves just the essentials to keep a child's attention and interest. The sixteenth century beauty of the Northern Renaissance with a rich tapestry of colors is the setting for Iassen Ghiuselev's illustrations. Meticulously executed with splendid attention to natural detail, the contrast between realism and fairy tale is dramatized by disguising the contours of the drawings in cut out silhouettes, and enhances the story with a sense of magic.