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School Library Journal
Gr 1 Up This ``comprehensive retelling of the great body of British folktales'' includes 55 stories and ballads chosen to represent all of the major types of folk tales. Ghost stories, hero tales, tales of trials and conflict, brave princes, tricksters, fairies, and goblinsthe many characters and plots of folk literature have their place in this volume. Familiar old favorites such as ``Jack and the Beanstalk'' and ``The Three Bears'' rub elbows with lesser known versions of old favorites such as ``Mossycoat,'' a version of Cinderella, and ``Hughbo,'' a version of ``The Shoemaker and the Elves.'' Less familiar tales, such as ``Yellow Lily,'' ``Three Heads of the Well,'' and ``Tam Lin'' will delight both readers and listeners. Crossley-Holland combines traditional telling with modern or unusual reframing of stories to provide a valuable new resource for storytellers, folk tale lovers, and listeners, young and old. In ``Sea-Woman,'' for example, the seal-woman's story is told to a young girl on ``an empty, oyster-and-pearl afternoon,'' by a curious shell which she holds to her ear. The use of language is marvelousfor example, describing the Picts as having ``feet so broad that when it rained they could put them up over their heads and use them as umbrellas.'' A pronunciation guide (although it is not comprehensive) and an appendix giving scholarly sources and author's comments adds to the value of this highly recommended collection. Constance A. Mellon, Department of Library & Information Studies, East Carolina Univ . , Greenville, N.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531057339
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1990
  • Pages: 383
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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