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Slop!: A Welsh Folktale

Slop!: A Welsh Folktale

by Margaret Read MacDonald, Yvonne LeBrun Davis (Illustrator)

A sweet Welsh folktale about a garden, table scraps, and the wee folk.


A sweet Welsh folktale about a garden, table scraps, and the wee folk.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
This is a delightful Welsh folktale about a wee man and a wee woman who live next door to an old man and woman. Unbeknownst to the old man, he floods the wee couples home every night when he throws out their slop. The wee man approaches the old man and informs him of the damage that he does to their home every night. The old man and old woman finally figure out a solution. A nice lesson in being a good neighbor.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2--Each night as an old woman prepares dinner, she puts vegetable peelings in a slop bucket and asks her husband to dump the bucket over the stone fence. Then one night a tiny man appears and asks the man to stop pouring the slops down his chimney. Through magic, the old man is able to see the tiny cottage and the tiny family who live there. The old woman then suggests they build a back door to their house. This compromise works well for both parties and each night the elderly couple find a gold coin left by the wee folk. MacDonald's retelling is the best thing about this book. The text is immensely suited for telling aloud and uses repetition in a way that also makes it suitable as a participation story. The language is simple with a pleasant cadence. Sources are cited. While Davis's full-page illustrations convey the action and are large enough for group sharing, the colors are overworked and the rendering is amateurish. The artist uses a combination of watercolor washes and acrylic paint and the two media seem to be at odds with one another, for the milky quality of the acrylic paints counteracts the transparent glow of the watercolors. The rendering of the characters and settings is possibly intended to look naive but merely ends up looking stilted. Although the pictures are a weakness here, the story should appeal to those looking for a new title to tell during storytime.--Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State University, Normal

Product Details

Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.30(d)
AD320L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

The books of Margaret Read MacDonald all grow from her work as Children's Librarian at the Bothell Library near Seattle. She hones her stories carefully through many tellings and then puts them in folktale collections for others to share. Yvonne LeBrun Davis is an artist who lives in the exact center of Guemes Island. Her primary field of art is etching. She has also illustrated Tuck Me In Tales.

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