Tales of Wisdom and Wonder

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How can a blind man see more than his companion, the hunter? What will become of the peddler who decides to follow his dream? And how do fish find themselves swimming in the grass of a forest? Nothing is quite as it seems in this book; so young readers should prepare themselves to be astonished, intrigued and enchanted as they follow the magical transformations that occur.

Beautifully captured by Niamh Sharkey's quirky and perceptive illustrations, these tales have all the color...

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Overview

How can a blind man see more than his companion, the hunter? What will become of the peddler who decides to follow his dream? And how do fish find themselves swimming in the grass of a forest? Nothing is quite as it seems in this book; so young readers should prepare themselves to be astonished, intrigued and enchanted as they follow the magical transformations that occur.

Beautifully captured by Niamh Sharkey's quirky and perceptive illustrations, these tales have all the color and vigor of the countries and cultures they represent. At the same time, they each remind readers how vast and mysterious the world is, and how lives can be transformed by the most unexpected circumstances. Full-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like fellow performer Justin Roberts (see Yellow Bus, above), McDermott knows of what he sings: he, too, was a Montessori teacher before becoming a recording artist. This follow-up to his award-winning I Am Baby again goes right to the heart of topics and tunes that grab kids' attention. Spanish guitar, country and western are among the influences found in McDermott's 10 original, clever compositions. Excellent supporting vocals and skillful guitar playing give his friendly sounding vocals an extra boost. "Let's Go to the Beach" is a bouncy Beach Boys-inspired ditty about the great times to be had in sun, sand and surf. The cheerful harmonies on "Clap Your Hands" will surely make listeners eager to join in and make music any way they can. In "My Cat Can Fly," a kid is boggled by his pet's amazing abilities: "My cat can fly,/ My cat can fly/ I feed her regular cat chow,/ But my cat can fly." And the breezy ukulele-tinged "Come to Hawaii" extols the virtues of a backyard paradise replete with canned pineapple, cardboard palm trees and a wading pool. McDermott succeeds in providing an inventive musical outing for the whole family. Ages 2-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Wendy Pollock-Gilson
Children will enjoy the humor and interesting twists in the seven tales told in this picture book. In one story from England, a peddler follows his dreams and ends up with a pot of gold. From Haiti comes a story about a monkey who confuses the words honey and misery, and ends up surprised when he prays to the Papa God for a whole lot of misery. Each page contains quirky illustrations interspersed in and around the text. Teachers can use these stories to increase multicultural awareness and to illuminate traditions and values.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-6-Tales of Wisdom & Wonder, from the book by Hugh Lupton (Barefoot Books, 1998), engages listeners with a delightful collection of seven folk tales compiled from a variety of cultures: "Monkey and Papa God" (Haitian), "The Curing Fox" (Cree), "The Peddler of Swaftham" (English), "The White Rat" (French), "Blind Man and the Hunter" (W. African), "Fish in the Forest" (Russian), and "The Shepherd's Dream" (Irish). Each tale, narrated by Lupton, has a different moral and twist. What will become of the peddler who chooses to follow his dream? How will the blind man aid the hunter? How can fish swim through the grass of a forest? Nothing is quite as it seems; listeners should prepare themselves to be astonished, intrigued, and enchanted as magical transformations occur throughout the stories. Lupton's evocative language conjures up vivid images as he draws listeners in with his slight British accent and clever use of inflection. A lively, yet brief, musical interlude inserted between the telling of the tales is the only other sound effect used. Each tale is succinctly described in an attached insert which also includes a short introduction by Lupton. This is a great resource for classes studying folk tales, as well as for story lovers of all ages.-Darlene Ford, Dauphin County Library System, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A fresh and unusual collection of folktales, tied together by the rhythm of the storyteller's voice: This is Lupton's first book for children, but the oral origins of these stories from many cultures are evident in the pacing. In the Cree story, "The Curing Fox," the old woman named Duck Egg effects cures of both a young girl and the she-fox she hears in the girl's rasping chest; in the West African tale, "Blind Man and the Hunter," the blind man's brother-in-law learns a gentle lesson about seeing and finding goodness. The rollicking "Peddler of Swaffham" offers a wonderful dream that turns out to be true, but not in the way readers will expect. The illustrations are quirky explorations of ethnic themes, appearing as headpieces and tail pieces and running foots, sidling up to the text in interesting ways, as well as appearing in more conventional half-pages. Sharkey's style is as odd and eccentric, at times, as Yumi Heo's, but also falls to more traditional forms for architectural details that help convey each story's setting. (sources) (Folklore. 6-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905236848
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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