Eleven Nature Tales: A Multicultural Journey (World Storytelling)

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In this new millennium, we are faced with a critical question: are we willing to work together to ensure the survival of the planet as well as each other? In his fifth collection of tellable folktales and his third collaboration with illustrator Joe Shlichta DeSpain provides eleven ancient stories that address natural elements such as Sun, Moon, Stars, Ocean, Wind, Fire, Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Insects, Rocks, Trees, and Humans.

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Overview

In this new millennium, we are faced with a critical question: are we willing to work together to ensure the survival of the planet as well as each other? In his fifth collection of tellable folktales and his third collaboration with illustrator Joe Shlichta DeSpain provides eleven ancient stories that address natural elements such as Sun, Moon, Stars, Ocean, Wind, Fire, Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, Insects, Rocks, Trees, and Humans.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Not even an alchemist can conjure gold from a played-out vein. In this sequel to Listening for the Crack of Dawn (which won the Anne Izard Storyteller's Choice Award), Davis serves up a monotonous hodgepodge of 11 vignettes detailing the mundane coming-of-age of a nave middle-class boy in 1950s Appalachia. An opening anecdote called "The Place" serves fair warning of the slow going to come. A homespun tour of Sulpher Springs, N.C., it shuffles past the slaughterhouse, the tannery, the train depot, the post office, the radio station, the drug store, the shoe store and Ladye Faire beauty parlor-all seen through the wondering eyes of an intrepid preschool male narrator. With an affable retrospective omniscience, the narrator covers his kindergarten days, his daddy's bank, an ill-fated birthday party, his tonsillectomy, unrequited prepubertal love, unwashed teenage sexual rites and, at last, his departure for bigtime college. Davis proves something worth remembering about folksy style. Folksy don't cut it alone; it's gotta have style to fly. This collection of typeset Norman Rockwelliana is one step removed even from genuine nostalgia, which at least aims to idealize life. This stuff idealizes a way of looking at life: it's nostalgic for nostalgia. Simultaneous audio. (May) FYI: For his audiocassettes, Davis has received the American Library Association Notable Children's Recording award.
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Gr 3-6DeSpain's fifth collection of multicultural stories. As he explains in his introduction, reaching back to the old tales reminds us of the interconnectedness of all things, of the need to care for our natural world. These traditional stories come from Native Americans, as well as from peoples of Africa, Fiji, China and Central Asia, Australia, and Portugal. Some feature animal characters, while others have human protagonists. The reteller's notes describe where he first heard or found each tale and list print sources for other versions. In a few cases, he includes hints for storytelling. He also keys each story to the motif-index in Margaret Read MacDonald's The Storyteller's Sourcebook (Gale, 1982; o.p.). The stories themselves are short and easy to read, but the language is not particularly distinctive. Black-and-white scratchboard illustrations accompany each selection.Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
Kay Weisman
DeSpain has collected 11 folktales from around the world that emphasize ecological lessons and truths. He includes such diverse stories as "All Things Are Connected" from Zaire, in which a chieftain learns that destroying a village's noisy frogs creates an even worse mosquito problem; "The Friendship Orchard" from Kazakhstan, in which two friends purchase freedom for some caged birds and are rewarded with the start of a flourishing orchard; and "The Grizzly Bear Feast" from the Alaskan Tlingit, in which an old hunter prepares a meal for some hungry grizzlies and wins their friendship. Each tale is presented in simple, direct language that will be easily accessible for young readers or listeners. Joe Schlichta's scratchboard illustrations add a decorative touch and help break up the text. A great collection for primary story hours; raconteurs will appreciate DeSpain's appended source notes and performance suggestions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874834475
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1955
  • Pages: 92
  • Age range: 5 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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