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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 9 to 12.
These funny stories, folktales, caution tales, tall tales, and long jokes are as entertaining today as they were in 1988 when they were first published. Did you hear about the dog who loved to play catch? Well, one day a couple of lazy fisherman lit a stick of dynamite to blow the fish out of a creek. When the dog tried to return his catch, no one would play! Or how about the man who paid the village teacher to turn his donkey into a man so he and his wife could have a son? When he was disappointed that his "donkey" no longer recognized him, he paid the teacher to turn him back into a donkey! My favorite is Rosen's "Handsel and Gristle," a retelling of the folktale which is full of puns and malapropisms. Satire, fairy tales told with a twist, and many, many others make up this entertaining book of timeless, often hilarious stories. For educators, this book would be a good one to have on hand for those minutes between tasks. Reviewer: Diane Carver Sekeres, Ph.D.