Good As Gold

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Stories of values from around the world teach us to distinguish between good and evil and to recognize what is truly valuable Gold, the ultimate symbol of wealth and worth, has inspired many of the world's favorite tales. More than just a precious metal, gold can bring happiness to some, sadness to others. In this wonderful book, expert storyteller Barbara Baumgartner has brought together a range of stories about gold in all its guises. Each tale offers a piece of moral advice to guide the young reader to a ...
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Hall, Amanda New York, NY 2001 Hard cover American ed. New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 48 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: Children/juvenile.

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Overview

Stories of values from around the world teach us to distinguish between good and evil and to recognize what is truly valuable Gold, the ultimate symbol of wealth and worth, has inspired many of the world's favorite tales. More than just a precious metal, gold can bring happiness to some, sadness to others. In this wonderful book, expert storyteller Barbara Baumgartner has brought together a range of stories about gold in all its guises. Each tale offers a piece of moral advice to guide the young reader to a fuller understanding of the story, while Amanda Hall's richly colored illustrations feature strands of gold that glow from every page.

A collection of folktales about gold from all around the world.

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...richly colored illustrations... (African Sun Times)
Children's Literature
In this book, which is a collection of seven stories from different countries, the author retells old stories that many of us may recognize. The common thread throughout each is the presence of gold. For example, in "King Midas and the Golden Touch," King Midas receives a power that enables him to turn everything he touches into gold. He quickly realizes that this power will cause problems. In this story, as well as all the others, Baumgartner manages to capture the wonderful aspects of oral storytelling in her written text. Each story begins with the phrase "Long ago" or "Once upon a time," which immediately takes readers to a faraway land, immersing them in the story. All the illustrations are full of rich colors, focusing on gold and its complementary colors. The illustrations and the text contribute to develop particular characters that contrast with the other characters in the story, helping to emphasize the moral. An explicit moral appears at the end of the story, but the moral is also quite evident from the text. The beautiful pictures and rich text immerse the reader in this book and the valuable life lessons that it teaches. 2001 (orig. 1998), Dorling Kindersley, Ages 5 to 8.
—Haley Leonhardt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789434821
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/12/2001
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.44 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Baumgartner works as a Library Coordinator for The Free Library of Philadelphia and teaches courses in Children's Literature and Storytelling in the Graduate Division at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia. Barbara has collected some of her favorite folktales, from a variety of cultures, and has retold them in two DK collections, Crocodile! Crocodile! And the forthcoming Good as Gold which are suitable for reading aloud to ages 3-6 and for independent reading by ages 7-10. She began telling stories when she was a teenage babysitter, and one of her favorites at that time was "The Gingerbread Man." She is a graduate of Oberlin College (BA), Drexel University (MLS), and Union Institute (PhD). Amanda Hall specialized in illustration at England's Cambridge School of Art. She has traveled in Africa, India, and South America, and derives much of the inspiration for her work from her journeys.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2002

    Good As Gold

    In Good As Gold, a collection of seven stories from different countries, Barbara Baumgartner retells old stories that many of us may recognize. The common thread throughout each is the presence of gold. For example, in ¡°King Midas and the Golden Touch,¡± King Midas receives a power that enables him to turn all he touches into gold. He quickly realizes that this power will cause problems. In this story as well as all the others, Baumgartner manages to capture the wonderful aspects of oral storytelling in her written text. Each story begins with the phrase ¡°Long ago¡± or ¡°Once upon a time,¡± which immediately takes readers to a faraway land, immersing them in the story. All the illustrations are full of rich colors, focusing on gold and its complementary colors. The illustrations and the text contribute to develop particular characters that contrast with the other characters in the story, helping to emphasize the moral. An explicit moral appears at the end of the story, but the moral is also quite evident from the text. The beautiful pictures and rich text immerse the reader in this book and the valuable life lessons that it teaches.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2002

    Great bedtime stories

    I've read this book to my children for years. 4 year olds can enjoy these stories as well as children of ten. The stories are short, beautifully illustrated, and contain a moral message. We have hundreds of books but this is the one that is most often requested for bedtime.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2001

    Great Family Reading

    This is an fantastic book. It maintains the interest of both my 7 year old and 5 year old. I enjoy the thoughtful stories and beautiful illustrations. It is a book that will appeal to boys and girls alike. Barbara VanHeyningen

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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