Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

I was given the treat of reviewing two gorgeous fairytales retold and illustrated by Ruth Sanderson.

The first is The Twelve Dancing Princesses, which is the story of a king who promises the choice of one of his daughters to the prince who can discover why it is that the princesses’ new shoes are worn through every morning. In the end, it is a commoner who not only discovers the secret, but also wins the affection of one of the princesses and inspires them all to confess to their father themselves. Now that I have spoiled the ending for you you don’t want to miss the journey there! Sanderson’s princesses are absolutely lovely, and the enchanted woods are beyond fantastic with their oil paint illustrations.

Goldilocks is just as beautiful and artfully done. I do have to admit that this particular fairytale has never been a favorite of mine. I do not like the selfish, thoughtless girl who breaks into the Bear Family’s house and leaves it a mess. Sanderson, however, gives the story a little twist that shows Goldilocks helping to clean up the messes she has made and replacing the breakfast she has eaten up by sharing the berries that she picked along the way. Sanderson’s Goldilocks ends with a recipe for Papa Bear’s Blueberry Muffins, and an ending that is (finally) truly “happily ever after.”

Don’t miss the amazing artwork in these fairytale retellings. These are definitely books to treasure.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Alyssa is a wife and stay at home, homeschooling mother of five, with two boxers, two cats, a soft shelled turtle named after Bob the Builder, and 7 frogs (admittedly a homeschooling project gone froggy). In all her spare time, she loves to read and believes that there is no such thing as having too many books!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Ruth Sanderson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.