Around the World in 80 Tales
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Around the World in 80 Tales

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by Saviour Pirotta, Richard Johnson
     
 

Around the World in 80 Tales by Saviour Pirotta and richly illustrated by Richard takes readers on a journey across six continents, with entertaining folktales from eighty different storytelling traditions. An excellent introduction to foreign countries, these beautifully told stories are perfect for reading aloud and encouraging children to learn about different

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Around the World in 80 Tales by Saviour Pirotta and richly illustrated by Richard takes readers on a journey across six continents, with entertaining folktales from eighty different storytelling traditions. An excellent introduction to foreign countries, these beautifully told stories are perfect for reading aloud and encouraging children to learn about different cultures and other parts of the world. From a dragon princess in China to a clever peddler in Morocco, children will meet wonderful characters as they travel story-by-story around the globe. An ideal gift, this deluxe volume is a joyous celebration of the world's wonderful diversity.

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Children's Literature
This collection presents a variety of stories to take a reader from the United States, through Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the surrounding islands. The stories begin in North America with a Native American tale, followed by an African American story, and tales from Canada, Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Each story is only one or two pages in length. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be any distinct order to the tales nor is there any distinct theme that might tie all the stories together. From North America, readers “travel” southward to South America, then the tales turn east towards Europe and Asia. There is a nice assortment of tales: trickster stories, variations of traditional fairy tales, and myths. The book’s wide assortment of stories is its strength. Sadly, many of the stories use modern phrases and do not use the cultural settings to any advantage. Other similar collections have better organizational structures and better illustrations, with fewer tales in one book. Nevertheless, middle and upper elementary students and teachers may be able to use this as a starting point for telling some good folktales. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal

Gr 1-4
This oversize collection contains 80 brief tales, grouped by continent. Some are widely known: there's an Anansi and a Brer Rabbit tale, "Three Billy Goats Gruff," and "Nail Soup." Pirotta's straightforward retellings offer plenty of read-aloud choices: "The Silver Goose" (from Italy), "Big Brother, Little Brother" (from South Korea), and "The Kiwi's Gift" (from New Zealand) are especially memorable. Some selections feel truncated, and most would have benefited from an introduction or more context. Source notes are not included. The book sports an attractive design, with a colorful world map on the endpapers and lively cartoon illustrations throughout. Overall, this speedy world tour through folktales lacks depth and perspective. Nonetheless, it should appeal to teachers, who will appreciate its myriad read-aloud options.
—Marilyn TaniguchiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753459997
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
10/15/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
10.35(w) x 11.72(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Saviour Pirotta has written more than sixty fiction and nonfiction books for children, and his works have been translated into ten languages. He has a special interest in myths and traditional legends from around the world. Saviour was born in Malta and is a trained chef.

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Around the World in 80 Tales 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently used this book on a folktales unit, and now I'm finding more and more ways to use it in other classes. The pictures are beautiful, cultures are fairly represented, and it is at a reading level that most kids can handle. A must have for every elementary school teacher!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is entertaining and educational. My five year old and four year old sons love these stories. It has piqued their interest in other cultures and we read it with a globe close at hand. The pictures are rich and colorful. A great gift for a young boy or girl.