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The Dial Book of Animal Tales from Around the World
     

The Dial Book of Animal Tales from Around the World

by Naomi Adler, Amanda Hall (Illustrator)
 
In every corner of the world there are well-loved stories that use animal characters to show us the richness of human nature. This extraordinary collection brings together nine animal folktales that radiate diverse tradition and abound in warmth and humor.

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In every corner of the world there are well-loved stories that use animal characters to show us the richness of human nature. This extraordinary collection brings together nine animal folktales that radiate diverse tradition and abound in warmth and humor.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Similarly multicultural in focus, The Dial Book of Animal Tales, retold by Naomi Adler, uses animals to explain natural phenomena and to examine human nature. Adler collected these nine folktales, from "Never Trust a Pelican" (Thai) to "The Monkey's Heart" (African), in her global travels as a storyteller. The stories display great variation, as befits their diverse origins, but also fit squarely into the tradition of Aesop's Fables and Kipling's Just-So Stories. Amanda Hall's colorful borders, and menagerie of stylized animals which threads through the tales, evoke the traditional artistic styles of each country.
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
In the strong, compelling voice of the practice teller of tales, Adler presents this very readable collection of animal stories. Each is a window into the culture from which it comes. From the tender yet terrible sacrifice of the rabbit in the moon, to the magical origin of the rainforest and its denizens, Adler's retellings amuse and enlighten, entertain and instruct. The watercolor and crayon illustrations are enhanced by elegant borders inspired by traditional images and symbols.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4A collection of nine animal folktales from diverse cultures, retold with both readers and storytellers in mind. The selections range from the well known ("The Musicians of Bremen") to the slightly familiar ("Sedna and King Gull") to the obscure ("Never Trust a Pelican," a Thai story). Some are quite effective: "The Monkey's Heart," an African story, is dramatic and involving. Others, though, are marred by an earnest and didactic tone. For example, at the end of "The Musicians of Bremen," Adler refers to the statue in Bremen, "...in memory of the four old animals who ran away from death and journeyed along the road into the wide, wide world, looking for a new life, a new chance...and found it." Overt statements like this can get in the way of readers' or listeners' own discoveries, and can also interfere with the mood of an earthy, comic tale like this one. Adler's notes are not especially helpful; they indicate where she first heard the stories but do not include any written sources. But the book's design and illustrations are lovely and distinctive. Done in watercolor and crayon, the pictures take on the feel of each of the cultures represented while retaining their own style. Decorative and stylized, they are embellished with playful borders. Margaret Mayo's Magical Tales from Many Lands (Dutton, 1993) or Heather Forest's Wonder Tales from Around the World (August House, 1995) are stronger selections. Consider Alder's title where there is a particular interest in folktales and storytelling.Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803720633
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.83(w) x 10.66(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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