Tales of Nonsense and Tomfoolery (The Books of Nine Lives)

Tales of Nonsense and Tomfoolery (The Books of Nine Lives)

by Pleasant DeSpain, Don Bell
     
 

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Ten stories from Russia, Ethiopia, Switzerland, China, Norway, India, Finland, Sweden, and the United States. Folktales are among the most resilient types of lore one generation passes to another. Tales we tell today whether they are cautionary, humorous, or embedded with moral instruction date back to ancient civilizations. Storyteller, writer, and folktale

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Ten stories from Russia, Ethiopia, Switzerland, China, Norway, India, Finland, Sweden, and the United States. Folktales are among the most resilient types of lore one generation passes to another. Tales we tell today whether they are cautionary, humorous, or embedded with moral instruction date back to ancient civilizations. Storyteller, writer, and folktale enthusiast Pleasant DeSpain has an uncanny ear for those tales that transcend particular eras or cultures and have passed into the universal ....;

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Children's Literature
Readers will enjoy the humor that comes from the surprise, spontaneity and incongruity interwoven through these ten stories from around the world. One of "The Books of Nine Lives" series, these short re-tellings feature characters like a foolish farmer from Ethiopia who gives his new daughter a nonsensical name and an American couple who lose all of their possessions to a thief because of a stubborn refusal to close the front door. In other tales, a clever young girl tricks an arrogant old man, a proud fox loses his beautiful, bushy tail and himself in the process, a Chinese emperor finds an obviously perfect name for his favorite cat, and a silly Swedish couple squander the gift of three magical wishes. The simple illustrations reflect the humor of the stories, and the accessibility of these easy-to-read stories will make them a popular choice. Young readers will relish these tales about foolish, innocent, clever, greedy and prideful characters, and they will laugh at the their predicaments, knowing and—with fingers crossed behind their backs—hoping they themselves will never be caught off-guard by the same nonsense or tomfoolery. 2001, August House, $3.99. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Pamela Jewett

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874836707
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
Books of Nine Lives Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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