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Diane Goode's Book of American Folk Tales and Songs
     

Diane Goode's Book of American Folk Tales and Songs

by Diane Goode (Illustrator), Ann Durell (Editor)
 
Riches from America's folk heritage fill this winning collection illustrated with wit and charm by Caldecott Honor medalist Diane Goode.

Overview

Riches from America's folk heritage fill this winning collection illustrated with wit and charm by Caldecott Honor medalist Diane Goode.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Borders that resemble homespun cloth, stone-carved edging or plant patterns frame each page of this brief anthology of Americana. Songs (including ``On Top of Old Smokey,'' ``Clementine'' and ``Yankee Doodle'') are placed between a few stories that represent various regions of the country (North Carolina, New England, Appalachia), and some of varied ethnic origins (Black American, Pueblo Indian, Puerto Rican). The songs are familiar, but the stories only vaguely so; readers may find Durell's choices refreshingly original. Goode's invigorating illustrations have many moods: serene for ``Buffalo Gal,'' joyful for ``Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,'' outright wacky for ``Wait Till Martin Comes.'' If there is one quibble, it is that the book is far too short; readers are left wishing, happily, for more. Ages 4-10. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-- American humor is the ideal vehicle for Diane Goode's clean-cut, rollicking cartoons. Among the nine highly tellable tales are ``The Knee-High Man,'' popularized by Julius Lester in The Knee-High Man and Other Tales (Dial, 1972); New England's ``The Twist-Mouth Family,'' a close variant of Virginia Tashjian's ``The Snooks Family'' from Juba This and Juba That (Little, 1969); the hilarious ``. . .Talking Mule''; and the unbearably ominous ``Wait Till Martin Comes''; two of the best-telling jokes from the black South, along with other tales that have Pueblo Indian, Puerto Rican, and Appalachian origins. The seven songs are so familiar that almost everyone will know the music, but the melody line is wisely included, just in case. Goode's large format, animated, earthy full-color cartoons--coordinated in blue, green, rose, and brown ink crosshatched for depth--each framed with well-designed, coordinated borders, make the book a joy for both tellers and readers. This should circulate heavily once librarians let it go. --Helen Gregory, Grosse Pointe Public Library, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140559538
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 10.78(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Diane Goode says, "In this book I wanted to capture the feeling that there's a wonderful world waiting right around the corner.” Since winning the Caldecott Honor for When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant at the start of her career, Diane Goode has written and illustrated such lovely picture books as Mama's Perfect Present and Thanksgiving is Here! Her son, Peter, to whom this book is dedicated, is now grown. The talented author-illustrator lives in Watch-ung, New Jersey, with her husband and their yellow Lab.

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