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Picture Book
Pages: 32
Themes: adventure, fairy tales, folklore
Publisher: Tuckamore
Pub Date: 13/04/2013
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If Shakespeare's Cordelia met Andy Jones's Jack, the resulting offspring might be The Birchy Maid, a saucy, sensible, self-reliant heroine for the modern age. When a merchant prince sails into her life, she sets some very unusual conditions for marriage. This is a fairy tale for all ages, full of humor and wisdom.

CM Magazine - June 21, 2013
"Whimsical and entertaining. The heroine is cunning, but she has a grace and kindness to her which is entirely endearing. We, as readers, become empathetically involved in her story. The tone and flow are perfectly suited to the style. The Birchy Maid is a highly engaging story with the ideal instance of comeuppance in the end.The illustrations are full of bright, saturated colours and complement the classic feel of the text...A wonderful example of the continuing importance and appeal of the fairy tale."
Resource Links - June 1, 2013
"Baker's illustrations surrounded in colourful flowery frames evoke an era of a long time ago. The depiction of the Birchy Maid, her family, her old and new homes and the people who live there complements the story very well."

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