A Knock At The Door

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It's the original children's suspense tale! Thirty-four English-language stories from many different cultures (and one Spanish-language tale from Mexico) all share a common theme: a dangerous character knocks at the door and pretends to be a familiar, protective family member or friend to those inside who have been warned not to open the door to strangers. But the door is opened, and there the adventures begin. These folktales include a wide range of narrative twists and diversity of tone. They come from Europe, Asia, Africa, India, and sections of the Americas. Supplementary materials examine the many approaches to illustrating A Knock at the Door and provide information on how to link the cultural context of a tale to an audience's interests.

A collection of thirty-five versions, representing countries and cultures from around the world, of the traditional tale in which a dangerous character knocks at the door and tries to trick the children inside into letting him in. Includes information about the tales, related activities, and resources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897747332
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1992
  • Series: The Oryx Multicultural Folktale Series
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE SHANNON is the author of several children's and young adults' books, including Lizard's Song, Dance Away, Stories to Solve: Folktales from Around the World, and Unlived Affections.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii


The Kid and the Wolf (Aesop, Greece)

Tale Notes

Essays and Resources

One Tale around the World

A Telling Look at Pictures

Telling with the Current: Helping Children and Folktales Teach Themselves



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