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Tales of Wisdom and Justice
     

Tales of Wisdom and Justice

by Pleasant DeSpain
 
The people of every culture and country tell tales of wisdom and justice. Wisdom tales remind us of the value of human experience, and that where there is wisdom, there is usually justice. These tales remind us fairness is necessary if we are to continue to live together as human beings. These tales represent many cultures and countries from around the world. You'll

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The people of every culture and country tell tales of wisdom and justice. Wisdom tales remind us of the value of human experience, and that where there is wisdom, there is usually justice. These tales remind us fairness is necessary if we are to continue to live together as human beings. These tales represent many cultures and countries from around the world. You'll find ten tales of wisdom and justice, including: "Pandora's Box" from Ancient Greece, "Señor Coyote, the Judge" from Mexico, "The Wisdom of Solomon" from Israel, and "The Golden Pitcher" from Mongolia.

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Children's Literature
These simple, conversational retellings of traditional tales from Greece, Mexico, Peru, Israel, France, Persia, Poland, Mongolia, Ireland, and the United States are short and to the point, like Aesop's fables. Clever tricks to defeat evil are often involved. Included are stories such as "King Solomon and the Bee," "Toads and Diamonds," and "Pandora's Box," along with less familiar ones, but the themes are always universal. For example, that of the Peruvian "The Theft of a Smell" is identical to a well-known Jewish folktale. Occasional, skillfully drawn black and white illustrations supplement the text. The book has good source notes and would be a useful resource for storytellers. For true reading richness, however, longer and often beautifully illustrated and elegantly written versions of such stories are preferable. It is part of "The Books of Nine Lives" series. 2001, August House, $3.99. Ages 7 up. Reviewer: Patricia Dole

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874836714
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
Books of Nine Lives Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 7.85(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Pleasant DeSpain Bio: Pleasant DeSpain has a most unusual but true name and an equally unusual but true profession – writer and storyteller. He travels the world collecting, researching, writing and retelling traditional tales from native cultures. Born in Colorado, he wrote his first original story at age eight. It was published as “The Mystery Artist” in 1996. Pleasant taught speech-literature-drama for six years at three universities, and wrote-produced-hosted an award-winning TV show called “Pleasant Journeys” on KING TV, Seattle. Now, the author of eighteen award-winning, multicultural story collections and picture books, published by August House, has a home in Troy, NY and frequently travels to spend extended periods of time in Thailand. Pleasant continues to travel the world having amazing adventures. While living in Thailand he has continued to collect more stories and is working on a new book.

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