Breadcrumbs By Anne Ursu Illustrated by Erin McGuire. Walden Pond Press (an imprint of Harper Collins) $ ISBN: Read Common Sense Media’s Breadcrumbs review, age rating, and parents Anne Ursu · Fantasy; Breadcrumbs was, quite simply, a beautiful book. Book Review: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. Posted on October 4, Title: Breadcrumbs. Written by Anne Ursu Illustrations by Erin McGuire. Genre: Fantasy .

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About these links Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you breacrumbs our links to make a purchase. Hazel b Initial Thoughts: There is question of what the wolves are and why they interact with Hazel in the way that they do.

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The first half of the book deals with Hazel’s school and home experiences and her worry over Jack; the second half details her experiences in the woods by way of small vignettes with a variety of characters from Hans Christian Andersen’s tales.

It is a lovely book, with a lot of beauty, and also sly wit and reflection on fairy tales. I mean, have you ever read The Swineherd? Great and very cerebral review today, Jill. Idiosyncratic thing, Finished the morning of my birthday no felicitation necessary, this was mumblemumble months ago.

This is a perfect breadcrimbs for grades with a wonderful heroine who is very creative and imaginative, but slightly odd. Hazel and Jack are alike. I do wish, however, that this fairy tale had trusted in its own merits—and those of its valiant little heroine—a little more.

He also is her only friend at the public school she goes to now. This is a book for people who are ursh love with Story. There are broken homes and mental illness and that mix of longings that seem to come at a certain age – the longing to be “grown up” and figure things out coupled with the longing to have things remain easy and carefree and the same.


Review of the Day: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Kids, I think, will appreciate that. Overall, I think my biggest issues with this novel were the lack of resolution on those crucial issues and the fact that I think some really important aspects of the story outside of Hazel and Jack’s bond weren’t dealt with in the depth I wanted. Hazel is the kind of knight who would rescue a fellow knight, and I love that about her. I hope you’ll read this, and I hope you’ll share it and all of your favorite stories, with a child in ureu life.

No big beadcrumbs moment. I saw this in a catalog or somewherelooked at the title, vaguely knew that it was based on a fairy tale, and assumed it had a Hansel and Gretel connection. But I love it for its truthfulness, its gorgeous weariness, and its successful attempts to find beauty and truth in things that are not only broken, but both being fixed and breaking more all the time.

Hazel comes to understand that friendships must change and that she will change as well, but that positive outcomes may also result, such as new friends and new interests.

Is it any good? Expect fantasy and reality to mix in interesting ways here. One person found this helpful. Andersen was an odd author. In lesser hands, this would have been a trite exploration of those powerful feelings that accompany loss. This book is fun and thoughtful and above all TRUE. No one considers her in charge, only someone to be feared. I love fairy tale retellings, the cover is beautiful, and a friend even mailed me her copy to read after she loved it.

Avid readers, young and old, will see many familiar names and events from their own childhood faves and classics. Breadcrumbx liked this for its freshness, but I was kind of bummed that part 2 carried over the sad, oppressive feelings that part 1 focused on.


Hazel was way over dependent when it came to Jack. Hazel is so incredibly lost and her sadness is a tangible thing. I mean, have you ever read The Swineherd? I really liked and appreciated it. Want personalized picks that fit your family? Our favorite toys for everyone on your list Shop now. It broke my heart to see her feeling so disconnected and flawed. I loved the mix of reality and Return to top of page. Will Hazel not be able to save Jack once he is older and rejects her?

Walden Pond Press Publication date: I also take issue with the ending. Ursu’s extended metaphor is beyond clever, as is her exploration of the power and trickery of memory. I would not fit in with her in a superfast minute.

Because I didn’t really like Breadcrumbs. It’s a beautiful modern fairy-tale with a strong female character. Is breadcrumns going to go back to school the same girl she was when she left, after this adventure? As a rule, even though I probably do it too much myself, I think comparing two books that are literally similar tends to do neither book any favors.

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Hazel feels an obligation to be there for Jack now that his mother is suffering from depression. There were some scary times but everything was okay because they could huddle together until the scary passed. The single greatest thing I liked about this book was finishing it. She isn’t particularly nice to other people, but then feels misunderstood when breadceumbs classmates aren’t nice to her.