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Children's LiteratureIn this collection of fables from six different countries, Baumgartner brings an international perspective to several moral tales. The six stories come from Irish, African, Hispanic, Russian, and Asian cultures, yet the lessons children learn from them are universal, regardless of ethnicity. A mix of fairy tales and fables, the stories capture children's attention with a magic-wielding old woman, a giant fish that makes girls grow silver scales, a fairy ice castle, a rainbow horse, and a magic ring. Baumgartner's writing is such that older children can read the fables to younger siblings, and parents can easily adapt the text for oral storytelling. The illustrations of All My Shining Silver glitter with metallic silver accents that are sure to attract the attention of human magpies of all ages. The swirling silver of the illustrations helps tell the stories visually, adding depth and richness by focusing on the key silver objects in each story. Not only are the illustrations artistically stunning, but Hall has also incorporated the colors, styles, and artistic devices of the respective cultures represented in the fables. All My Shining Silver is a book that encourages sensitivity to foreign cultures, from which children of all ages can benefit. 2000, Dorling Kindersley, Ages 4 to 8.