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Mythical Birds and Beasts from Many Lands
     

Mythical Birds and Beasts from Many Lands

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by Margaret Mayo
 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
From mermaids to unicorns to phoenixes, the focus of this follow-up to Magical Tales from Many Lands is on those legendary creatures that have cast their spell on readers and listeners for centuries. Though several of the 10 selections here may be familiar (e.g., the tale of the Minotaur), most have been culled from less widely known sources, such as Native American lore from the Pacific Northwest, Burmese folk tales and Scandinavian storytelling traditions preserved in the Orkney Islands. Whether or not the tales strike the reader as wholly new, Mayo's energetically paced versions possess a lively intensity that never fails to entertain. Ray's boldly framed fantastical paintings, rendered in her characteristic style, often sparkle with flecks of gold and other jewel tones befitting the ethereal subjects. In addition to full-page works, Ray's smaller paintings, tiny spot illustrations or folk art borders and motifs generously decorate the text. Careful notes about each story, found on the book's final pages, make for intriguing reading and represent a wealth of research. This combination of folklore and mythology is a family library treasure, and also serves as an excellent introduction for readers who wish to explore these forms of world literature.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From mermaids to unicorns to phoenixes, the focus of this follow-up to Magical Tales from Many Lands is on those legendary creatures that have cast their spell on readers and listeners for centuries. Though several of the 10 selections here may be familiar (e.g., the tale of the Minotaur), most have been culled from less widely known sources, such as Native American lore from the Pacific Northwest, Burmese folk tales and Scandinavian storytelling traditions preserved in the Orkney Islands. Whether or not the tales strike the reader as wholly new, Mayo's energetically paced versions possess a lively intensity that never fails to entertain. Ray's boldly framed fantastical paintings, rendered in her characteristic style, often sparkle with flecks of gold and other jewel tones befitting the ethereal subjects. In addition to full-page works, Ray's smaller paintings, tiny spot illustrations or folk art borders and motifs generously decorate the text. Careful notes about each story, found on the book's final pages, make for intriguing reading and represent a wealth of research. This combination of folklore and mythology is a family library treasure, and also serves as an excellent introduction for readers who wish to explore these forms of world literature. All ages. (May) FYI: Ray's art can also be found illustrating the jacket of Lloyd Alexander's The Iron Ring (reviewed p. 76).
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
The feel of this anthology is exquisite, much of it due to Ray's stunning use of folk motifs, her trademark touches of gold, and the very elegant book design. Stories about mythical animals and birds are always fascinating, and Mayo has retold a fabulous array of them. Pegasus is here, and so are the Minotaur and the Phoenix. But there is also the dragon from China, the unicorn, a mermaid, the thunderbird from Blackfoot lore, the feathered snake of central America, and a delightful Burmese variant of the Naga (snake) princess story common in South Asia. The stories work well when read aloud, which is, after all, what folktales are about.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 6The creators of Magical Tales from Many Lands (Dutton, 1993) offer folktales and lore about mythical beasts, from unicorns, mermaids, and dragons to thunderbirds, nagas, and phoenixes. The 10 stories are from a variety of cultures and are narrated in an informal yet smooth storytelling style, often with light, effective touches of humor. Mayo makes a curious choice in her retelling of the story of the Minotaur, however; the princess Ariadne leaves Theseus due to seasickness. In most versions of the myth, Theseus abandons her under orders from one of the gods or goddesses. Mayo's source notes are virtually impeccable, incorporating information to enhance the story as well as at least one specific source for each story, except for the tale about the Minotaur. Ray's distinctive textured paintings are lush and full paged, with plenty of motifs, borders, and smaller illustrations scattered across the pages. The earthy palette adds mystery and magic to the text, and her restrained use of gold highlighting is, as always, highly effective. The large physical format with clear type and lots of white space is particularly appealing. Perfect for independent readers or reading aloud, this collection will also have wide appeal among storytellers.Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Kirkus Reviews
From the British pair behind Magical Tales from Many Lands (1993) comes a sparkling collection teeming with monsters, myth, and magic.

Mayo lends the oral cadence of a storyteller's voice to these tales of enchantment inhabited by unicorns, mermaids, dragons, and sea serpents. In place of the characteristic catalog of creatures, she skillfully fleshes out full stories about the phoenix rising from the ashes, the Native American Thunderbird, the Chinese dragon. Many are origin stories—the story of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, tells how music came to the world; a Scandinavian story about a giant sea serpent details the formation of the Orkney Islands, Iceland, and volcanoes. From the more familiar Greek myths to lesser-known Burmese folktales, heroic deeds, spells, wishes, and magic objects abound. All the stuff of imagination will engage readers and listeners alike, but those looking for happily-ever-afters will find revenge, greed, anger, and the wrath of the gods playing dramatic roles. Ray's gilded, collage-like tapestries splendidly capture these creatures of land, sea, sky, and elsewhere, in all their glory and ferocity. Framing both text and artwork are ornamental borders and sidebars decorated with motif-like shapes and images befitting the mythical qualities of the stories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525457886
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1997
Edition description:
1ST AMER.
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Mythical Birds and Beasts from Many Lands 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is a good book. It tells you a lot about Pegasus,Minotaur,Phoenix and Unicorn. It tells you about the mythical beasts.