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From the Publisher"well chosen and retold in a lively manner that makes them beg to be read or told aloud... a thoroughly pleasing folktale collection" School Library Journal
Storytellers and fans of international folktales will delight in this collection, which introduces piskies, spriggans, knackers, and other characters of classic Cornish lore. Drawn from stories collected by nineteenth-century English authors Robert Hunt and William Buttrell, Climo's retellings are fresh and creative, peppered with Cornish words and vernacular dialogue to capture a unique sense of place. "Duffy and Bucca," a Rumplestiltskin-esque tale of wits, and "The Cornish Teeny-Tiny" illustrate how familiar folktales become culturally specific; the romantic, cautionary "Mermaid of Zennor" reflects Cornwall's seacoastal associations and fishing history. Climo's sense of humor, timing, and detail will keep readers engaged and in suspense till each tale's satisfying conclusion. Anthony Bacon Venti's jewel-toned illustrations are expressive and modern, evocative of popular graphic-novel artwork. Each of the 10 tales is preceded by an introduction, and is followed by related myths and superstitions. From humorous to shivery, these fascinating stories of enchantment, which are enhanced by a general preface, author's note, glossary, and list of Cornish numbers and their magical significance, are a nice choice for international or Halloween story times.
The legends of Cornwall come alive in this collection of tales about dull-witted giants, foot-tall piskies who tend to horses, mean and mischievious spriggans who lay horrible spells and turn mild-mannered babies into ill-tempered changelings, playful knackers who assist miners with their tiny pickaxes, kind-hearted fairies, ghosts of drowned sailors, and witches who were scattered throughout the Cornish countryside like raisins in a loaf of bread.' Climo (The Persian Cinderella, p. 628, etc.) includes a glossary of the words sprinkled in bold type throughout the book, a colorful map, plus wicked hints on how to scare off spriggans, ward off witches, and bring about luck or love with magical number combinations. Venti's full-color paintings bring the strange physical attributes of these unearthly creatures to life. The knackers' crooked noses and glowing yellow eyes, not to mention the spriggans' pointed ears, wart-covered faces, and withered bodies will send chills up children's spines. Perfect for storyhour, this collection should be read aloud by dim flashlight on a stormy evening. Kirkus Reviews