Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book Review: The Changeling (by Selma Lagerlof)

Title: The Changeling [translation of Bortbytingen]
Author: Selma Lagerlöf, translated by Susanna Stevens
Date: 1989
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
ISBN: 0-679-81035-8
Length: pages not numbered
Quote: “The troll crone pulled the birch-bark basket off her back, removed her own infant, and placed it beside the human baby. And  when she saw the difference between them, she began to howl.”
Then the troll switched babies. The human parents tried to switch them back, but the troll hid from them. Most of the humans wanted to beat or abuse the troll and be rid of it, but the mother insisted on treating it kindly. So of course, like all fairy tales about kind people, the story ended happily.
This is a nice little picture book with beautiful full-color paintings. Recommended to all present-time and former children. Selma Lagerlof, a Nobel Prize-winning novelist who lived about a hundred years ago, has no use for a dollar any more, but if you send salolianigodagewi @ $5 for this book, you can add it to a package containing almost any of our Fair Trade Books and pay only one $5 shipping charge.