by Laura Amy Schlitz
A soldier is walking through the woods one winter night, contemplating how he has no food and nowhere to sleep. He notices he is being followed by the devil. He knows that he shouldn't make a bargain with him, but when a bear appears, he shoots it and starts the process for the devil to take his soul. Soon the soldier has agreed to wear the bearskin and wander the world for 7 years without bathing, but he will have plenty of money. If he follows the instructions, he may have his soul back. Classic fairy tale events follow as the Bearskinner wanders the world and tries to keep his soul. Told in evocative language with gorgeous illustrations, this version brings back the grim in Grimm.