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The Girl Who Spun Gold.

The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon The Blue Sky Press, Scholastic Inc., August 2000, $16.95, ISBN 0-590-47378-6, Ages 4-8

The folktale of a wicked man who helps a woman spin thread or straw into skeins of gold is well-known with variations around the world. Hamilton spins her own West Indian version of the tale entitled "Mr. Titman," meaning "little man," from a collection by Pamela Colman Smith. Hamilton, one of America's preeminent children and young adult translators will capture reader's imagination with this modern-day treatment.

Quashiba is a beautiful, innocent girl who finds herself caught in this dramatic fairy-tale after her mama tells the King that her daughter can spin a field of fine golden thread. After the king demands Quashiba to spin three rooms of golden things, a tiny sinister creature agrees to save Quashiba by spinning gold on one condition. Quashiba must guess the little man's whole name during the three nights of spinning and weaving. What will Quashiba do?

This is not the first collaboration of artistry between acclaimed writer Virginia Hamilton and Leo and Diane Dillon. Their work has produced three prize-winning story collections, most recently Her Stories (1995). Using gold leaf borders, and acrylic with acetate, painted over with gold, the Dillons' creative mastery breathes fresh, vibrant life into this familiar, yet skillfully retold story once more to tell the story of this first picture book collaboration with the finest artistry which we have come to cherish.
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Author:Abif, Khafre
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
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Date:Sep 1, 2000
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