The Lion Classic Wisdom Stories

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A treasure trove of storytelling wisdom, gathered from around the globe

Ranging from the must-have favorites—including Axe Soup and Under the Banyan Tree—to lesser known stories that are at once compelling and unforgettable, this beautifully designed story book is a valuable addition to any child's collection. Each story is retold in a simple and elegant style, and full of eye-catching pictures perfect for engaging young readers minds. Presented in a beautifully ...

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Overview

A treasure trove of storytelling wisdom, gathered from around the globe

Ranging from the must-have favorites—including Axe Soup and Under the Banyan Tree—to lesser known stories that are at once compelling and unforgettable, this beautifully designed story book is a valuable addition to any child's collection. Each story is retold in a simple and elegant style, and full of eye-catching pictures perfect for engaging young readers minds. Presented in a beautifully designed hardcover package, this timeless collection would make a thoughtful and lasting gift.

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Joslin (The Lion Book of Best-Loved Prayers) retells 28 stories from around the world, collected for “entertainment, inspiration, and subtle reproof.” Readers may recognize some plots and characters—such as the emperor whose new clothes were no clothes at all—and enjoy less familiar figures, such as the little rich girl from Poland, who had everything she wanted except friends to play with her. These stories are told in straightforward prose; some, such as “The Story That Grew,” feel truncated, but others, such as “The Boastful Turtle,” trust readers to discover the moral, which is pleasant work. Balit (The Adventures of Odysseus) illustrates every page; purples, greens, and yellow-golds combine in rich, textured designs, reminiscent of cloisonné jewelry or pottery and fittingly folkloric in tone. Parents will enjoy reading these stories aloud, and children will absorb lessons about wisdom, told with kindness, humor, and simplicity. Instructive but not didactic tales, fables, and legends that teach by vivid example are the rule in this collection. Ages 7–9. (May) ¦
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"Parents will enjoy reading these stories aloud, and children will absorb lessons about wisdom, told with kindness, humor, and simplicity." —Publisher's Weekly

"Balit’s stylized illustrations retain a folk-art look and reference the origins of each selection through clothing and landscapes. Overall, this is a solid addition." —School Library Journal

"a useful addition to collections of international stories and tales." —Booklist Online

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K-Gr 5—A collection of 28 tales from around the world. Readers will delight in some familiar stories ("Under the Banyan Tree," "The Emperor's New Clothes") as well as some lesser-known stories ("Why the Wasp Can't Make Honey"). Some of them lose effectiveness because of their brevity while others are well rounded. The anthology is a great read-aloud to younger audiences, while older children will enjoy reading it themselves. Balit's stylized illustrations retain a folk-art look and reference the origins of each selection through clothing and landscapes. Overall, this is a solid addition.—Tiffany O'Leary, Mount Saint Mary College, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745963693
  • Publisher: Lion Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Joslin is the author of The Lion Book of Best-Loved Prayers, The Lion Book of Day-by-Day Prayers, The Lion Day-by-Day Bible, On That Christmas Night, Simon and the Easter Miracle, and The Story of the Cross. Christina Balit is has illustrated numerous children's books, including The Adventures of Odysseus, The Lion Book of Wisdom Stories from Around the World, The Lion Illustrated Bible for Children, and Zoo in the Sky.
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