Diane Goode's Book of Silly Stories & Songs

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A host of outrageous characters from around the world come together in this book to show just how silly they can be. From an Englishman who calls his bed a barnacle, to a Venetian fisherman who doesn't want to pay passage for his eels to cross the canal, to a cat who wears a pot on her head, to poor old Michael Finnegan, each story and song is a delightful reminder that foolishness is universal.

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A host of outrageous characters from around the world come together in this book to show just how silly they can be. From an Englishman who calls his bed a barnacle, to a Venetian fisherman who doesn't want to pay passage for his eels to cross the canal, to a cat who wears a pot on her head, to poor old Michael Finnegan, each story and song is a delightful reminder that foolishness is universal.

Droll illustrations by Caldecott Honor medalist Diane Goode capture each lovable bungler, bumbler, and noodlehead. Sure to bring a giggle, guffaw, or smile, this is a perfect read-aloud and a fine introduction to some of the world's funniest folklore.

Presents a collection of humorous folktales and songs, including "The Husband Who Was to Mind the House" and "On Top of Spaghetti."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Goode ( Where's Our Mama? ) here gathers 16 international tales and songs (including musical arrangements) introducing characters that demonstrate varying degrees of silliness. Some of the stories are silly to the point of being nonsensical, and leave the reader hanging. But others are jewels, humorously revealing human foibles and foolish behavior that even youngest readers will appreciate. One especially engaging entry, ``Bendemolena,'' tells of a young cat who, after putting a pot on her head to shut out the din in her home, misconstrues her mother's commands, which come out delightfully twisted when Bendemolena repeats them. Not surprisingly, the high point of the book is Goode's inspired--often highly comical--art, which has the same classic, timeless quality of many of these folktales. A visual bonus are the elaborately detailed borders--corresponding in design to the country of each tale's origin--that surround the pages. All ages. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Stories and songs collected from around the world guaranteed to make parents smile and children emit peals of laughter. If you forgot the words to "On Top of Spaghetti," all four verses are here. The stories are embellished with beautiful illustrations and each page has an intricate border from award winning illustrator Goode.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
The bond that links us with other cultures is that which exists in story and song. We soon realize how close we are to each other. This collection is a joyous compilation of some favorite nonsense stories from around the world: Italy, Norway, England, Iran, France, Nigeria, etc. You may have heard the songs and stories before but her personal humor takes over in the illustrations. Read one and sing one to ease the weariness of a hectic day - 16 pieces in all.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-- This companion volume to The Diane Goode Book of American Folk Tales & Songs (Dutton, 1989) pays homage to the silly oafs and lovable fools of the folk world. Here, she offers classics such as ``Master of All Masters'' and ``The Cooking Pot,'' as well as lesser-known tales. Songs include the ever-popular ``On Top of Spaghetti'' and ``Michael Finnegan.'' The retellings are bare-bones versions of the stories that retain the flavor and authenticity of the originals, while being accessible to young children. Appended source notes list the tales' origins, as well as brief background information. As in the earlier collection, Goode's illustrations are crisp, playful line-and-wash paintings that clearly celebrate the comic tone of the text. Each page is framed by a colorful border with a different folk motif. The combination of selection and effective presentation makes this an appealing choice for reading aloud or group sharing. --Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
Deborah Abbott
ger for reading aloud. Goode reminds us in the introduction, illustrating her point with an Anansi story, that perfection is not part of the human condition and that the ability to laugh at oneself enhances us all. These 16 selections, most from the European tradition and many of them familiar, will garner plenty of smiles and chuckles as the need for an extra dose of common sense becomes obvious. The pages, decorated with delicate pastel leaf and flower borders, contain such favorites as "The Husband Who Was to Mind the House" from Norway, "The Mistake" a Jewish story about the legendary shtetl of Chelm from Poland, "The Magic Pot" from Germany, and "Sweet Giongio" from Italy a variation of the "Three Sillies". Several other tales, traditional as well as Ashanti, Muslim, and American, add flavor. One of the four songs included is "On Top of Spaghetti." Each story begins with a distinctive illuminated letter featuring a main character or two from the story. Goode is a master at drawing expressive faces, and the deft, soft-toned color scenes effectively communicate the humor. Although this eclectic collection is not as cohesive as and lacks a little of the sparkle of "The Diane Goode Book of American Folk Tales & Songs" , the nonsense presented between the covers guarantees a wide audience. Source notes appended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525449676
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 5 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: AD530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.12 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Goode

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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