The Squire’s Bride



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.

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