The Goat-Faced Girl

The Goat-Faced Girl

A Classic Italian Folktale

By Leah Marinsky Sharpe (Retold by); Jane Marinsky (Illustrator)

David R. Godine Publisher, Hardcover, 9781567923933, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2009

Like many good fables, this story opens with a foundling left rather inconveniently, if not surprisingly in the woods. A large lizard, ever conscious of tripping hazards, picks up the infant and takes her home, where she soon grows into a pretty, pampered, and generally useless young woman named Isabella. Despite her adoptive mother's efforts (for the lizard is really a witch in disguise) to shape her up, the girl prefers the alluring life offered her by the charming Prince Rupert, a world of cooks and servants, palaces and jewels, luxury and indolence. Luckily, the lizard woman is a canny, concerned parent. She does not suffer fools lightly and is not about to let her daughter's too-easy transition to palace life go unchallenged. And so she arranges a surprise transformation for her daughter one that puts the prince's marital plans on hold and gives the witch just enough time to hammer home a few lessons about the downside of idleness.

About the Author
Leah Marinsky Sharpe has told stories all her life, but this is the first one to be published. When not writing children's books, she is finishing her Ph.D. in conservation biology.

Jane Marinsky's editorial illustrations have appeared in many major publications. Just Perfect was in spired by the constant pleading of her older children for a pet. She loves all her daughters very much.