Can You Guess My Name?: Traditional Tales Around the World

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A companion volume to the critically acclaimed Nursery Tales Around the World, this collection is the perfect step up from nursery stories. Fifteen wonderful read-aloud tales from many different cultures are grouped together by familiar tale types: stories like “The Bremen Town Musicians,” “The Frog Prince,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Rumplestiltskin,” and “The Three Pigs.” Folklorist Judy Sierra’s inspired retellings are once again paired with Stefano Vitale’s richly detailed illustrations. The stunning art evokes ...

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Overview

A companion volume to the critically acclaimed Nursery Tales Around the World, this collection is the perfect step up from nursery stories. Fifteen wonderful read-aloud tales from many different cultures are grouped together by familiar tale types: stories like “The Bremen Town Musicians,” “The Frog Prince,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Rumplestiltskin,” and “The Three Pigs.” Folklorist Judy Sierra’s inspired retellings are once again paired with Stefano Vitale’s richly detailed illustrations. The stunning art evokes the visual traditions of the tales’ varied countries of origin, which include Japan, Scotland, Argentina, and Sri Lanka. This is a must for folklore collectors and a perfect addition to any child’s bookshelf. Source notes, bibliography.

A collection of fifteen folktales from all over the world, including stories that resemble "The Three Pigs," "The Bremen Town Musicians," and "Rumpelstiltskin."

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Editorial Reviews

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" . . . provides a fascinating experience with comparative literature, that can open doors to other cultures. A must purchase for most collections." School Library Journal, Starred

"For pleasure reading as well as for demonstrating the universality of folktales. {A} handsome, horizon-expanding collection." Booklist, ALA

"Eminently suited for reading aloud. Those who have not yet encountered Sierra’s superior storytelling are in for a treat." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred

"Carefully selected...enhanced with robustly elegant illustrations...an outstanding example of what folklore collections for children can and should be." The HORN BOOK GUIDE Horn Book Guide

Publishers Weekly
The Story Goes On... Fans will cheer a host of sequels and series additions hitting the shelves this fall. Graduates of Nursery Tales from Around the World by Judy Sierra, illus. by Stefano Vitale, will appreciate the fine sequel, Can You Guess My Name?: Traditional Tales Around the World. Sierra's division of these 15 impeccably researched tales into five categories, such as "Can You Guess My Name?: Tales Like `Rumpelstiltskin,' " demonstrate common elements that link the globe-spanning stories; they subtly echo each other without overlapping. Vitale honors each tale's country of origin with his stunning oil-on-wood illustration style, painting blue-faced Sri Lankan ogresses and poised Swedish princesses with equal aplomb. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Familiar themes, characters, and plots appear in the folklore of cultures around the world, reflecting the commonality of the human experience. Sierra has organized 15 of these tales into 5 categories of stories that resemble "The Three Pigs," "The Bremen Town Musicians," "Rumpelstiltskin," "The Frog Prince," and "Hansel and Gretel." Each section is fascinating for both the similarities among the tales, and the differences, highlighted in a brief introduction. The author explains, for example, that stories like "The Three Pigs" were exclusively European or from European colonies because "The idea of moving far from home and living on one's own- was once unthinkable in most parts of the world." Each of the three stories in the "Hansel and Gretel" section, from France, Sri Lanka, and South Africa, is terrifying, involving children escaping from a cannibalistic monster. Fortunately, although each creature is huge, it is dull-witted. All of the selections have dramatic dialogue and repetitive phrases and refrains, and are easy to learn. The author's extensive notes list sources and "tale type" numbers based on the classification system developed by folklorists. Vitale's engaging folk illustrations are painted on wood. Borders incorporate culture-specific motifs and designs, and full-page art throughout gives compelling visual appeal. This collection provides a fascinating experience with comparative literature, one that can open doors to other cultures. A must purchase for most collections.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Stories with familiar motifs from "The Three Little Pigs," "Bremen Town Musicians," "Rumplestiltskin," "The Frog Prince," and "Hansel and Gretel" are collected in five chapters of three stories each. Opening each chapter is an introduction to the motif of the section and what to expect; each tale that follows will connect to the chapter's anchor story, some more closely than others. For example, in the "Three Little Pigs" chapter there are three tales. Obvious connections in two follow traditional story lines with variations on some of the details. "The Three Geese," a tale from Italy substitutes geese for the pigs and includes a variation on the end, but the results are the same. The connections between tales in the other chapters aren't always as recognizable. Oniroku, a unique variation of the Rumplestiltskin tale, is representative of the rather uninspired retellings that might have been rich in tapestry and imagery. However, a strong component of this production is the vibrant and detailed borders, designed for each story, that create a mood and complement the gloriously executed illustrations created, on wood, by Vitale (Sleepy Book, 2001, etc.). While there may be more richly textured gatherings of comparison folktales, this beautifully illustrated volume presents readable examples that just might send readers to the shelves to search for single editions of other tales that contain similar motifs. And it is simply splendid to look at. (Folktales. 7-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618133284
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Sierra holds a Ph.D. in folklore from UCLA. She is the author of many esteemed children's books, including Nursery Tales Around the World, winner of the Aesop Prize from the American Folklore Society, and Good Night, Dinosaurs. She is also the reteller/compiler of several books of folklore for teachers and storytellers. Ms. Sierra lives in Northern California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction viii
I'll Blow Your House in!
Tales like "The Three Pigs" 1
The Three Little Piggies and Old Mister Fox (United States: Scottish American) 3
Big Pig, Little Pig, Speckled Pig, and Runt (United States: African American) 11
The Three Geese (Italy) 17
Just the Right Friends
Tales like "The Bremen Town Musicians" 23
How Jack Went to Seek His Fortune (United States: Anglo-American) 25
Medio Pollito (Argentina) 31
Master Thumb (Burma/Myanmar) 37
Can You Guess My Name?
Tales like "Rumpelstiltskin" 43
Titeliture (Sweden) 45
How Ijapa the Tortoise Tricked the Hippopotamus (Nigeria: Yoruba) 51
Oniroku (Japan) 55
I Married A Frog
Tales like "The Frog Prince" 61
Princess Tombi-ende and the Frog (Swaziland) 63
How a Warty Toad Became an Emperor (China: Hmong) 69
Little Singing Frog (Serbia) 75
The Scary House in the Big Woods
Tales like "Hansel and Gretel" 81
Jean and Jeannette (France) 83
The Cake Tree (Sri Lanka) 91
The Runaway Children (South Africa: Xhosa) 97
Notes 103
Works Consulted 109
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