Writer Jeff Chapman's fractured fairy tales and nursery rhymes might just be his current hallmark. At least when I read his work I've come to expect an always surprising, always interesting take on the age-old themes and tropes we loved as children and are now revisiting as adults (think television's 'Grimm' but more literary). So in this, 'Sixpence' doesn't disappoint. Chapman's short tale is a solid example of his fluid voice, confident style, and moral compass. The lessons learned, as in any classic children's tale, are not just for children nor are they simplistic. In fact, with a surprising ending, this story can prompt enjoyment as well as self-reflection. That's my kind of storytelling.
With this free ebook Chapman is also at the forefront of a trend by writers to release 'permafree' works online via various e-retailers (at least currently, there is no cost) in order for readers to sample one's writing style and storytelling before they invest in a longer work. So if you liked this story (try it without risk! and works for a quick lunch break), you'd likely enjoy his collection of similarly envisioned stories, "Tales of Woe and Wonder."
(review of free book)