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The Young Oxford Book of Folk Tales

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This is a collection of 35 folk tales from all over the world. You'll meet ghosts, spirits, robbers, princesses, sharks, and tigers, wealthy sultans and hungry peasants, fair maidens and cackling witches, rainbow birds and laughing fish. The stories are romantic, funny, sad, exciting, miraculous, and exotic. They vary in style and content, from the familiar "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," to the surprising, such as the Yoruba tale "Onieye and King Olu Dotun's Daughter". The ...
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This is a collection of 35 folk tales from all over the world. You'll meet ghosts, spirits, robbers, princesses, sharks, and tigers, wealthy sultans and hungry peasants, fair maidens and cackling witches, rainbow birds and laughing fish. The stories are romantic, funny, sad, exciting, miraculous, and exotic. They vary in style and content, from the familiar "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," to the surprising, such as the Yoruba tale "Onieye and King Olu Dotun's Daughter". The stories are arranged by place of origin, covering all five continents. We circle the world, moving from one country to another, and travel through history, from long-past centuries to a place where time has no meaning. And through it all we are moved from tears to laughter, from fear to hope and understanding. The volume is copiously illustrated with handsome black-and-white illustrations.
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"As much a collection of master storytellers as it is of stories... Infused with a new energy and poetry to make the images fairly jump off the page... Culled from nearly every continent... The black-and-white illustrations are mostly decorative and restrained, and won't interfere with the pictures these brilliant tales paint... A volume of exceptional range."--Kirkus Reviews

"The stories have their origins listed in footnotes, and they are enlivened with black-and-white illustrations; the language is properly cadenced and occasionally sings.... Libraries probably can't have too many of these collections."--Booklist

"The stories are diverse not only in terms of origin, but also in their style and content. They include classics such as "The Tongue-cut Sparrow" (Japan) and "Vasilissa the Fair" (Russia), as well as more contemporary selections like "One Night in Paradise" (Italy)... This anthology will be most useful for libraries in need of culturally diverse folktales."--School Library Journal

"Will please readers of all ages. It's a must for the classroom and library."--Yellow Brick Road

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Stories from folklores of the world comprise this collection, prefaced by an informal foreword. Here the author points out that while of course we are all alike, we are also rich in our differences - and both are cause for celebration. The stories are divided by region of origin-Asia and India, The Near and Middle East, Europe, Africa, The Pacific, Central and South America, and North America. The collection concludes with a funny little storyteller's conceit from India. Crossley-Holland's style is crisp and lively, and the book is both accessible to the child reader and a valuable resource for storytellers and teachers. Glossary and acknowledgments/sources are included.
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Crossley-Holland's volume is as much a collection of master storytellers as it is of stories; among those whose energy and imagination make the stories memorable are Italo Calvino, Courlander, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Padraic Colum, and Richard Chase. The stories are shaped to be read aloud; Crossley-Holland's version of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin," for example, is infused with a new energy and poetry to make the images fairly jump off the page. In Roger Abraham's "Hankering for a Long Tale," a story about Brer Rabbit's attempt to bargain with God, the storyteller's voice is transparent enough to let the creativity and wit of the tale's origins show through. Culled from nearly every continent, the stories represent a range of moods, from silly to serious, scary to poetic. The black-and-white illustrations are mostly decorative and restrained, and won't interfere with the pictures these brilliant tales paint in readers' minds. For small collections or larger ones, this is a volume of exceptional range. (Folklore. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192781413
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Crossley-Holland is well-known as a poet, broadcaster, and writer for children. He won the Carnegie Medal in 1985. For Oxford, he has written The Green Children and adapted Beowulf for children.

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