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Grandmothers' Stories: Wise Woman Tales From Many Cultures

Grandmothers' Stories: Wise Woman Tales From Many Cultures

by Burleigh Muten, Sian Bailey (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-Mut n retells eight folktales with the purpose of restoring the image of the wise woman "as a benevolent, resourceful, independent, informed guide, who is respected in her community," in place of the images of evil hags or silly fools. The stories come from Senegal, Japan, Russia, Hawaii, Mexico, Ireland, Germany, and Sweden, and are a mixture of the familiar ("The Old Woman Who Was Right" and "Old Mother Holle") and the lesser known ("The Midwife and the Djinn" and "The Woman in the Moon"). Mut n frames the tales with a grandmother/storyteller sharing them as bedtime treats. She has definitely chosen the role of author rather than ethnographer. A comparison of these tales with other versions shows that she is no purist-she adds dialogue and more descriptive narrative than do many traditional retellers. In an endnote, she cites sources and explains that she has occasionally added her own children's nonsense phrases as exclamations in three of the stories. Her smooth retellings are enhanced by Bailey's jewel-toned, gouache illustrations. Detailed border scenes unique to each story appear along the bottom of each page. The lively vignettes and occasional full-paged art make this collection especially accessible as a read-aloud or read-alone. This is for a younger audience than Kathleen Ragan's more encyclopedic Fearless Girls, Wise Women, & Beloved Sisters (Norton, 1998).-Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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8.74(w) x 10.61(h) x 0.46(d)
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9 - 12 Years

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