This felt like a very traditional fairy tale, and the subtitle says it's Italian, but the book does not include information on where it came from or how far it has been adapted. The "moral" at the end wasn't part of the original tale, I'd guess, since most traditional folktales certainly don't have the woman rejecting a wealthy suitor - however unpleasant he may be - and learning magic. But I could be wrong. The illustrations are historically appropriate for the apparent time period, but won't appeal to most of my patrons who like fairy tales with "pretty" pictures.
Verdict: Interesting, but won't work for my library. See the comments for more information on the origin of the tale
ISBN: 978-1567923933; Published October 2009 by David R. Godine; Borrowed from the library