Julia W(oolfolk) Cunningham Sada Fretz

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Sada Fretz

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

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The author's previously evident talent for creating a scene or a mood is evident [in Burnish Me Bright], but the story has neither the psychological depth nor the compelling plot of her previous Dorp Dead!… The style of Burnish Me Bright, like the title, verges on the sentimental and the self-consciously "beautiful"; the plot, though well constructed, lacks wide appeal, and its miracles are unconvincing. Also, the familiar characters (the ailing-because-overprotected little girl, the heartless guardian, the witch-hunting villagers) live neither as individuals nor as archetypes. (pp. 158-59)

Sada Fretz, in School Library Journal (reprinted from the September, 1970 issue of School Library Journal, published by R. R. Bowker Co. A Xerox Corporation; copyright © 1970), September, 1970.