A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Wonderful Eggs of Furicchia

The Wonderful Eggs of Furicchia: A Picture Story from Italy by Anne Rockwell

First Published: 1969
Genre: picture book, fairy tale
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

Long ago, in the city of Florence, there stood a little shop where an old lady named Furicchia sold eggs.

Reason for Reading: Read aloud to the 7yo.

Comments: This fairy tale comes from medieval Florence and tells the tale of a good witch who sells enchanted eggs to the villagers. The eggs always bring good fortune to those who eat them. They can make you healthy, wise, pretty, or whatever benefit you may need. However, next door to Furicchia lived a selfish, mean lady, Maddalena, who wanted to know Furicchia's secret. She tried to buy some eggs but was told they would only work for those who have a pure heart. Maddalena, of course, does not believe this and she sets out to steal the source of the eggs. In the end, her wickedness gives her a surprising and most appropriate ending.

This story is a lot of fun and the ending was a laugh out loud surprise. The illustrations are fashioned after the style of the early Renaissance artists and the detail will keep you lingering on each page. Worth the search for this out-of-print title.

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