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Nursery Tales Around the World
     

Nursery Tales Around the World

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by Judy Sierra, Stefano Vitale (Illustrator)
 

An international collection of 18 nursery tales for young children, grouped by theme, such as "Runaway Cookies," "Slowpokes and Speedsters," and "Chain Tales," and brillantly illustrated with full-color borders.

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An international collection of 18 nursery tales for young children, grouped by theme, such as "Runaway Cookies," "Slowpokes and Speedsters," and "Chain Tales," and brillantly illustrated with full-color borders.

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"Eighteen traditional stories. . . . The tales themselves have been chosen with the heart and ear of a storyteller." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Innovatively conceived and exquisitely executed, this sumptuous collection of 18 tales is a surefire crowd-pleaser. While presenting familiar fare, Sierra (Good Night, Dinosaurs) takes a fresh approach: rather than organizing the stories by country or continent, she groups them by the themes they share and the similarity of the messages they convey. From this structure the striking parallels among the folktale traditions of vastly different cultures immediately emerge. For young readers and listeners, opportunities arise: to discover the likenesses or differences among various tales in a grouping, and to choose the type of story they want to hear or read next. A section titled Runaway Cookies, for example, unites "The Gingerbread Man," from the United States, with Norwegian and Russian variants. The source notes on each entry reflect Sierra's scholarship; the read-aloud appeal of the tales demonstrates her storytelling skills. Vitale's (Christmas Lullaby) oil paintings on wood panels, with their distinctive folk-art sensibility, echo the cultural cadences of each tale, while the intricately patterned borders he supplies for each page contribute vastly to the luxurious quality of this outstanding offering. Ages 3-up. (Feb.)
Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Innovatively conceived and exquisitely executed, this sumptuous collection of 18 tales is a surefire crowd-pleaser. While presenting familiar fare, Sierra (Good Night, Dinosaurs) takes a fresh approach: rather than organizing the stories by country or continent, she groups them by the themes they share and the similarity of the messages they convey. From this structure the striking parallels among the folktale traditions of vastly different cultures immediately emerge. For young readers and listeners, opportunities arise: to discover the likenesses or differences among various tales in a grouping, and to choose the type of story they want to hear or read next. A section titled Runaway Cookies, for example, unites 'The Gingerbread Man,' from the United States, with Norwegian and Russian variants. The source notes on each entry reflect Sierra's scholarship; the read-aloud appeal of the tales demonstrates her storytelling skills. Vitale's (Christmas Lullaby) oil paintings on wood panels, with their distinctive folk-art sensibility, echo the cultural cadences of each tale, while the intricately patterned borders he supplies for each page contribute vastly to the luxurious quality of this outstanding offering.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Children should cut their teeth on folk tales with easily identified characters, a simple plot with a repeated pattern, recurring chants or refrains and a satisfying ending. Judy Sierra has chosen 18 tales that fit these requirements. What makes this collection so vital is that similar tales are connected so that children discover the similarities and differences among tales from different cultures. Variants of "The Gingerbread Boy" are in one section. These are stories intended for the voice, yet are easy enough for children to read. Each tale is handsomely decorated with folk art typical of the country from which it comes.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Eighteen nursery tales, grouped by type or theme: Runaway Cookies; Incredible Appetites; The Victory of the Smallest; Chain Tales; Slowpokes and Speedsters; and Fooling the Big Bad Wolf. Six stories are from the U.S., including one African American and two Native American tales. There are two from England, and one each from ancient Greece, China, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, Russia, and Zaire. Some ("This Is the House That Jack Built," "The Three Pigs") are familiar and readily available elsewhere, while others ("The Boy Who Tried to Fool His Father," "Odon the Giant," "The Rooster and the Mouse") are less well known. The selections generally read aloud well, although Wilhelmina Harper's version of The Gunniwolf (Dutton, 1970) is preferable to the one given here, and Sierra's retelling of "The Goat in the Turnip Patch" in The Flannel Board Storytelling Book (Wilson, 1987) is better than "The Ram in the Chile Patch" here (which appeared in Spanish in Sierra's Multicultural Folktales [Oryx, 1991]). "Groundhog's Dance" is also available in Margaret R. MacDonald's Twenty Tellable Tales (Wilson, 1986). The book is extremely attractive. Each selection has a full-page painting and one or more smaller pictures done in oil on wooden panels in a folkloric style evocative of the tale's country of origin, and every page is framed with a full-color border. The introduction and notes are a model of clarity and care, making the collection equally useful for parents and professionals.Pam Gosner, Maplewood Memorial Library, NJ
Susan Dove Lempke
nger for reading aloud. This treasure trove for teachers, storytellers, and readers offers story variations of simple, repetitive tales. Sierra supplies three versions of each story type: for instance, Norway's "Pancake," Russia's "Bun," and America's "Gingerbread Man" are grouped under the heading Runaway Cookies. Sierra's scholarship is impeccable, and she includes an extensive list of sources. The paintings reflect the origins of the tales, and colorful borders enliven the pages that have lots of text. Vitale's technique--painting on wood--works especially well as it captures the earthy folksiness of the stories perfectly. Adults looking for a new spin on an old story or a way to add a multiethnic flavor to storytime will find this collection very useful.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395678947
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
932,780
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile:
AD950L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Introduction: "After lullabies and nursery rhymes, a young child's literary education naturally continues with stories. Parents are often in a rush to introduce their children to classics like Winnie-the-Pooh and Charlotte's Web. But not many two-, three-, and four-year-olds are ready for these. The age-old nursery tales from the oral tradition are more closely attuned to the needs of young listeners. Strong in rhythm, rhyme, and repetition, these stories are tailored to their unique ways of viewing the world. Through these tales, children learn the basic story patterns of plot, theme, and character."

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"Eighteen traditional stories. . . . The tales themselves have been chosen with the heart and ear of a storyteller." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

Meet the Author


Judy Sierra holds a Ph.D. in folklore from UCLA. She is the author of many esteemed children's books, including Nursery Tales Around the World, winner of the Aesop Prize from the American Folklore Society, and Good Night, Dinosaurs. She is also the reteller/compiler of several books of folklore for teachers and storytellers. Ms. Sierra lives in Northern California.

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Nursery Tales Around the World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. The author does a nice job describing the similarities between each story before the "clusters" and it's nice to see the similarities and differences between each cluster. The illustrations are unique and interesting as they contain elements from the story. My daughter and I like finding each object from the story in the pictures. I highly recommend this book for teachers and parents!