Favorite Scary Stories of American Children

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Everybody loves a scary story, and nobody more than kids, but these tales collected from kids themselves are particular favorites. These are the traditional scary stories kids tell most often and most often ask to be told.

A collection, selected by children as their favorites, of twenty-three spooky tales from a variety of ethnic traditions.

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Overview

Everybody loves a scary story, and nobody more than kids, but these tales collected from kids themselves are particular favorites. These are the traditional scary stories kids tell most often and most often ask to be told.

A collection, selected by children as their favorites, of twenty-three spooky tales from a variety of ethnic traditions.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
A reillustrated edition of a paperback original, this is a compilation of short horror stories collected and retold by storytellers Richard and Judy Dockrey Young. Its principal innovation is in keying the stories to three age groups (5 to 6, 7 to 8 and 9 to 10). There is also an Afterword addressed to educators that explains the psychological uses of "enchantment", as Bettleheim would have phrased it. The stories themselves are quite short and matter-of-fact, and never seem to build to satisfyingly dramatic denouements. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- The Youngs have collected 23 scary and not so scary stories for classrooms, storytelling settings, sleepovers, and read-aloud sessions. Many of the tales will sound familiar, but may not have been seen in written form before. Others are old standards such as ``The Golem,'' `` The Hobbyahs,'' ``Wylie and the Hairy Man,'' and ``The Red Velvet Ribbon.'' Still others are new and will be sure crowd pleasers. Each yarn is one to four pages in length--very lean--giving just enough detail to hold readers' attention. At the beginning of each story, a symbol rates its age level and appropriate audience. Collection notes and a pronunciation guide are included; both are useful for searching for similar tales and points of origin. The pen-and-ink illustrations are not particularly distinguished. A book that will serve its purpose well, especially if used in conjunction with other spooky story collections. --Molly Kinney, North Dade Regional Library, Miami, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874835632
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 822,886
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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