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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Wilhelm Hauff
Age Range: 6-8
When Jacob chastises an old woman with a huge, long nose as she rummages through his mother’s herbs and produce on her market stall, he little realizes that she is a wicked fairy. Angry at her treatment she casts a spell on Jacob turning him into a dwarf with a large nose. Many trials and tribulations befall Jacob, not least of which is the cruel treatment he receives from the people of the town; even his mother and father refuse to believe his protestations that he is their son.
A beautifully crafted fairy tale by German author Wilhelm Hauff (1802 – 1827) accompanied by exquisite ink and wash drawings by award-winning illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger.