South and North, East and West: The Oxfam Book of Children's Stories

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A collection of 25 children's stories from around the world. Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the international charity, Oxfam, the stories have been collected either in their countries of origin or from London schoolchildren. There are animal tales, ghost stories and family stories.

A collection of twenty-five traditional tales from countries around the world, including Iran, Brazil, and Greece.

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Overview

A collection of 25 children's stories from around the world. Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the international charity, Oxfam, the stories have been collected either in their countries of origin or from London schoolchildren. There are animal tales, ghost stories and family stories.

A collection of twenty-five traditional tales from countries around the world, including Iran, Brazil, and Greece.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As Whoopi Goldberg explains in a brief introduction, most of the 25 tales in this eclectic, energetic collection have been told by people served by the organization Oxfam, which funds self-help development projects in 77 locales in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. With Rosen's able editing, the orally transmitted tales make a smooth transition to the written word, often preserving the regional dialect and depicting the customs and culture of the country of origin. Equally diverse as the entries is the work from an impressive group of 22 illustrators. Art ranges from Reg Cartwright's stylized paintings for ``Mansoor and the Donkey,'' a North African tale of a wise donkey who helps a fellow win the hand of his beloved; to Charlotte Voake's jaunty cartoons of the monkey who outsmarts two other animals in ``Dog, Cat and Monkey,'' an Indonesian fable; to Janet Woolley's singular, sophisticated collages for ``Good Morning,'' a rather bland story from Bangladesh of a prince convincing a princess to marry him. Oxfam will receive all royalties from this worthwhile compendium. Ages 4-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A selection of twenty-five tales represents twenty-five cultural regions of the world. The collection includes folktales, fairy tales, fables, ghost stories and more. The illustrations are by many well-known children's illustrators and they offer a variety of styles and media. The book celebrates the 50th birthday of international aid benefits for self-help programs, and proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Oxfam programs.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- An offering of 25 retold folktales illustrated by 25 well-known contemporary illustrators, produced by Oxfam, an organization promoting self-help programs in countries throughout the world. Despite the obvious talent behind it as well as the good intentions, the book is not a strong introduction to the various cultures represented. Lacking careful notes on sources or any apparent attempt to retain the flavor of the original (as in Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Lippincott, 1981 or Hamilton's The People Could Fly , Knopf, 1985), each story remains the product of one voice, not many. There is no indication for readers that life in other places is different from their own. Full-color pictorial explorations of the plots enhance each piece's scariness, humor, or mystery. Whoopi Goldberg writes in the introduction that ``You'll feel part of the whole world rather than far away from the countries in the book.'' But only if you think the whole world speaks colloquial English. --Kathleen Whalin, Belfast Public Library, ME
Denia Hester
. Oxfam, founded in England in 1942, funds self-help development projects and disaster relief in poor countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The Oxfam anthology takes us around the world in 25 stories. These traditional tales, while not tied together by a theme, present themselves as a neat package of the lore and wisdom of the indigenous peoples of such diverse countries as Brazil, England, and Greece. Fables, creation myths, and ghost stories flavor this kettle of tales. Adding the appropriate garnish are finely suited illustrations from noted artists like Percy Graham, Helen Oxenbury, and John Burningham. There's something here for every taste, and second helpings are encouraged.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564021175
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 4 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 10.58 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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