Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These two collections of folklore--with seven stories each, culled from across the globe and grouped by setting--are replete with trickery, magic, talking animals, friendship and simple (but never heavy-handed) morals. While both books contain at least one familiar tale (The Three Little Pigs in the first collection; Goldilocks in the second), most of the stories will represent welcome new additions to the read-aloud repertoire. Both volumes are ably narrated, but Vermeulen proves especially skillful at dialogue and building drama, a reflection perhaps of her background in theater and puppetry. The books' format may scare off beginning readers, as the pages are dense with copy, and while every page has at least one illustration, only two pictures in each story command a full page. However, the versatility of Moran's (Tales from the Ark) illustrations, which take on the character of each tale's native land in scenery, characters and costume will likely hold youngsters' attention. From the lush colors of the Australian outback to the cool palette of pastoral fields in China, Moran serves up a smorgasbord of visual samplings. Endnotes on the origins of each story round out these meaty offerings. Ages 2-7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Cheryl Peterson
This anthology includes classic tales such as "The Three Little Pigs," "The Cock, the Mouse, and the Little Red Hen," and "The Straw Ox." Each of the seven tales is written in a simplified text designed for preschoolers and is accompanied by brightly colored illustrations. A short note on where and how each story originated is also included. Perfect for preschool and early elementary story hours.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A compact and accessible collection of seven folktales for beginning readers or reading aloud to preschoolers. Four of the stories are European. There is also one from India, one from China, and an unusual tale from Slovenia that begs to be told orally. All will hold children's interest and impart some basic cultural wisdom or comment on human foibles. The selections range from the familiar "Three Little Pigs" to an old goat pondering "The Right Thing to Do" and a proud goose whose mother spoils her by buying her boots. The uncluttered illustrations capture some of the more amusing moments and vary in size from full page to quarter and half page. Source notes are appended.-Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library