Tales of Enchantment

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One story always leads to the next, says DeSpain in his preface. And he should know. For nearly a generation and a half, DeSpain has been traversing the country telling stories to teachers, librarians, and especially to children of all ages. Nine of his all-time favorite stories are included here:

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Overview

One story always leads to the next, says DeSpain in his preface. And he should know. For nearly a generation and a half, DeSpain has been traversing the country telling stories to teachers, librarians, and especially to children of all ages. Nine of his all-time favorite stories are included here:

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The stories in volume seven of "The Books of Nine Lives" series would make excellent read-alouds by an engaging storyteller. When reading to one's self, these short tales of magic and supernatural powers are rambling narratives with no real story line and shallow characters. For example, the first story features a retired soldier who reads three words from an old book and thirty demons appear and ask for a task to complete. The soldier eventually realizes he can make them disappear by reading the words backwards. DeSpain identifies the country associated with the stories, mostly updated versions published previously in his newspaper column. Similar tales, however, have come from numerous countries. For example, Norway is identified as the country of origin for the story of Rose, who is married to a prince after she spins flax into yarn, turns yarn into cloth, and sews cloth into shirts, all thanks to the assistance of three ugly crones whose only desire is being called "Auntie" at her wedding. This story is reminiscent of Rumpelstiltskin. Brief information about the derivation of the tales and comparison with those from other countries would be interesting and useful. Clever small illustrations are randomly placed and add to the text. 2003, August House, Ages 9 to 12.
—Mary Bowman-Kruhm
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Each of these volumes includes nine folktales that have been collected from a variety of cultures and grouped by genre. While most good collections will have many of these stories in one anthology or another, grouping them this way makes them more accessible to children who may be overwhelmed by an extensive collection. By the same token, these books may encourage some children to seek out the many older compilations to see how the retellings might differ. Small ink drawings appear in each chapter. The titles conclude with useful notes on each tale, including storytelling sources and suggestions. These new additions to the series are great for sharing in a class or to hand to reluctant readers.-Diane Olivo-Posner, Long Beach Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874837117
  • Publisher: August House Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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