HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Squire’s Bride
Author: Philip Hawthorn
Illustrator: Stephen Cartwright
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd., republished in 1994
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 3-6
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Hawthorn, Philip. The Squire’s Bride (published in 1991 and republished in 1994 by Usborne Publishing Ltd., 83-85 Saffron Hill, London, England EC1N 8RT). Once upon a time there was an old squire who was very rich. He had everything he wanted, except a wife. One day he saw the farmer’s daughter raking hay in the field and decided to marry her, but she said no. So the squire hatched a plan with the daughter’s father, promising to cancel his rent and to give him a field, to trick the girl into marrying him. Will she have to marry the squire after all? Or can she find some way out of it?
This delightful retelling of a Norwegian folktale, originally attributed to Peter Christen Asbjørnsen (1812-1885), becomes more and more humorous with every page as the rich, lonely squire seeks to take a bride. It became one of a four-book boxed Usborne set that was put out in 2006 and also included The King and His Three Children, Princess Tabatha’s New Trick, and Button Nose. A simple book with charming illustrations, The Squire’s Bride is filled with a series of laugh-out-loud events.