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A collection of folk tales from North Carolina and Virginia for a slightly older audience than that for Chase's Jack Tales. "The collector of the Jack Tales has brought new joy to children and storytellers in these twenty-four tales and a mummer's play . . . richly humorous. Colorful mountain speech comes to life." -- School Library Journal, starred review
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Overview

A collection of folk tales from North Carolina and Virginia for a slightly older audience than that for Chase's Jack Tales. "The collector of the Jack Tales has brought new joy to children and storytellers in these twenty-four tales and a mummer's play . . . richly humorous. Colorful mountain speech comes to life." -- School Library Journal, starred review
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Editorial Reviews

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Grandparents can be great storytellers, too, and the aptly titled Grandfather Tales: American-English Folk Tales, edited by Richard Chase, illus. by Berkeley Williams Jr. (first published in 1948), collects folk stories and tall tales handed down for generations. Although many originated in England, they have taken on a distinct American flavor. Familiar backcountry characters include Sody Sallyraytus and Old Dry Frye. The Jack Tales: Folk Tales from the Southern Appalachians (1943), also edited by Chase, illus. by Williams, captures 18 folk tales about Jack, well known to children from Jack and the Beanstalk (here known as "Jack and the Bean Tree"). Williams's occasional pen-and-ink drawings add to the handsome package. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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"The collector of the Jack Tales has brought new joy to children and storytellers in these twenty-four tales and a mummer's play . . . richly humorous. Colorful mountain speech comes to life." School Library Journal, Starred
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618346905
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/25/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 303,888
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Chase collected The Jack Tales in the mountain country of North Carolina, where they have been handed down for generations. Everyone knows the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. This book contains eighteen stories about Jack, many of them still completely new to the average reader. And what adventures Jack has! Noted American folklorist Richard Chase (1904-1988) has been called the man 'most responsible for the renaissance of Appalachian storytelling.' A collector of tales that had been handed down from generation to generation in the Appalachian regions of the United States, Chase was born in Alabama and lived in the mountains of North Carolina.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    No family should be without The Grandfather Tales

    Collected in Apalachia in th 1940s, these tales are an important part of our culture, and a link to stories all over. Folk tales have common threads all over the world and they connect us to each other. "Like Meat Loves Salt" is the folk tale version of King Lear. Stories circulate up and down the literary world, expressing the teller's view of our common stories. I bought the book for my nieces and nephews, but I'll have to buy another, because my 94 year old mother isn't giving up the copy she started browsing through when I opened the box.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

    xciting

    If you liked the Jack Tales,you will love this.

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