Bird Tales from Near and Far

Bird Tales from Near and Far

by Susan Milord, Linda S. Wingerter, Linda S. Wingerter
     
 

The magic of age-old folktales, inspired by fantastical birds from around the globe, kindles kids' imaginations. Fascinating facts and story-related activities explore cultures, arts and crafts, cooking, nature, science, music, games, and history. Full color. 128 pp. Pub: 3/98.  See more details below

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The magic of age-old folktales, inspired by fantastical birds from around the globe, kindles kids' imaginations. Fascinating facts and story-related activities explore cultures, arts and crafts, cooking, nature, science, music, games, and history. Full color. 128 pp. Pub: 3/98.

Editorial Reviews

A creative and intriguing book filled with adventures that span the world, as well as the curriculum. Leads children into activities in art, music, science, math, etc.
Library Talk
A creative and intriguing book filled with adventures that span the world, as well as the curriculum. Leads children into activities in art, music, science, math, etc.
Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Activities follow each of these six folktales from cultures and countries around the world. Among them are an Iroquois tale explaining "Why Owl Hides During the Day" and "The Palace of Beaks" from Yemen, cautioning humans against greed. While Milord has created her own retellings from several versions of each tale she has maintained their essence. No sources are provided. The engaging paintings, reflecting each culture, will draw the reader into the tales. The projects have convenient stopping points eliminating the need to complete one in a single sitting. Lists of equipment are provided and the instructions remind the reader when adult help is required in all but one instance: the sawing and drilling for the birdhouse. Readers will learn some facts about birds and how they are able to fly and navigate. They will learn to make an origami crane, create haiku, cook up a "bird nest", and construct games. Parents and teachers, as well as children will find this book useful and enjoyable.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Six stories involving birds are linked with scientific facts as well as related projects and activities. Wingerter's richly colored and textured paintings transport readers from lands close to home to those as far away as Thailand. The Iroquois see the owl as a symbol of wisdom. A Japanese crane transforms itself into a woman and back into a bird. In Thailand, birds speak in human language. Some of the projects can be completed by children alone. However, most require adult supervision to insure safety as well as to help youngsters get the greatest benefit from the experience. A number of activities call for the use of power tools, hot stoves, or complicated and messy equipment. Others, such as finding bird-shaped constellations or folding origami cranes, simply require guidance. This is a pleasant way to introduce children to birds as well as to different cultures. With a little adult input, young readers' imaginations will soar.-Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Luminous artwork, activities, and stories from around the world combine for an ethereal collection of avian folklore. Six tales have been harvested from the Iroquois, Thai, Yemeni, Ukrainian, Ethiopian, and Japanese traditions. The tellings and radiant paintings capture the essence of the diverse cultures; while most of the stories are available in other collections, the inclusion of several related activities, and the "Feathered Facts" that are scattered throughout the pages, make this a valuable compendium of information, very palatably served. A collection not to be devoured in one sitting, but savored section by section. (index) (Folklore. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885593184
Publisher:
Worthy Publishing
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
Tales Alive Books Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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