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Mr. Semolina-Semolinus

A Greek Folktale

Illustrated by Giselle Potter

A long time ago, in Greece, there lived a beautiful princess named Areti. She had many suitors, but none she liked -- so she decided to make one from semolina, almonds, and sugar. Out of the bowl climbed the most handsome man Areti had ever seen: Mr. Semolina-Semolinus, a man more beautiful than love itself, and twice as rare. So when an evil queen far away steals Areti's beloved, what does she do? She orders three pairs of iron shoes, and sets off on a daring rescue attempt, for nothing will stand between this princess and her dreams.

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Giselle Potter has illustrated many books, including Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne, an ALA-ALSC notable book; The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter, a Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner; and Cecil the Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey. She is the author and illustrator of Tell Me What to Dream About and This Is My Dollhouse—both inspired by her daughters—and The Year I Didn’t Go to School, about traveling through Italy with her parents’ puppet troupe when she was eight. Giselle also illustrates “Ties,” a weekly column in the Well section of The New York Times. She lives in Rosendale, New York, with her husband and two daughters. Visit her at 

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