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The Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud

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Publishers Weekly
The Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud by Hugh Lipton offers seven retellings from around the world. Some will be familiar to youngsters, such as the Norwegian "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." Others, such as "Little Lord Feather-Frock" from Russia and India's "Monkey-See, Monkey-Do," may be new. Lipton's text winds itself through Sophie Fatus's equally narrative illustrations, each with a different mood and palette. ( Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-The seven stories included in this collection are versions of oft-told folktales from around the world. "The Magic Porridge Pot" is similar to Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona (S & S, 1979), "Monkey-See, Monkey-Do" to Esphyr Slobodkina's Caps for Sale (HarperTrophy, 1987), and "The Sweetest Song" is adapted from Virginia Hamilton's The People Could Fly (Knopf, 1985). There are also versions of "The Blue Coat" (the Jewish folktale, "The Tailor") and "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." These retellings, with their repetitions and rhythmic language, reveal Lupton's background as a storyteller, and should appeal to young readers. While the illustrations aren't large enough for large-group viewing, children will appreciate Fatus's droll, childlike art, her strong sense of design, and the easy-to-read font. Sharp-eyed viewers may spot several minor flaws in the otherwise lively and appealing artwork. For example, while the text indicates that the troll "licked his gray lips with his red tongue," the illustrations clearly depict him with red lips, and the Little Red Hen is mainly brown. This book would work in early elementary classrooms as a supplementary reader, but is not a necessity for libraries that already own outstanding versions of these classic tales illustrated by well-known artists.-Laurie Edwards, Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905236138
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Amazing Stories Not Just for Kids

    The stories are amazing. Years ago i heard this book played for a group of children. And since then I have been searching for it - the title eluded me. Every parent should own a copy. I believe it is a combination of the narrator's voice and the quality of the stories which make this CD a superior children's anthology. And...when I'm really stressed, or tired, the stories are so calming that I no longer feel fatigued or under strain... Having said that - it is not just for kids. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    A favorite of every class that I have had!

    My students ask me to read this book again and again. Same think happens with every class. They eventually read along with me and then start to act out different parts of the story and then start planning performances for their parents. - Oh yeah, and they are only 4 years old.

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