An international collection of 18 nursery tales for young children, grouped by theme, such as "Runaway Cookies," "Slowpokes and Speedsters," and "Chain Tales," and brillantly illustrated with full-color borders.
About the Author
Judy Sierra holds a Ph.D. in folklore from UCLA. She is the author of many esteemed children's books, including Nursery Tales Around the World, winner of the Aesop Prize from the American Folklore Society, and Good Night, Dinosaurs. She is also the reteller/compiler of several books of folklore for teachers and storytellers. Ms. Sierra lives in Northern California.
Stefano Vitale is an internationally acclaimed artist and illustrator. Originally from Padua, Italy, he lived in the U.S. for many years before returning to Italy with his wife and children. He now lives in Venice and commutes in a colorful wooden boat. Visit him online at stefanovitale.com
Read an Excerpt
From the Introduction: "After lullabies and nursery rhymes, a young child's literary education naturally continues with stories. Parents are often in a rush to introduce their children to classics like Winnie-the-Pooh and Charlotte's Web. But not many two-, three-, and four-year-olds are ready for these. The age-old nursery tales from the oral tradition are more closely attuned to the needs of young listeners. Strong in rhythm, rhyme, and repetition, these stories are tailored to their unique ways of viewing the world. Through these tales, children learn the basic story patterns of plot, theme, and character."
What People are Saying About This
"Eighteen traditional stories. . . . The tales themselves have been chosen with the heart and ear of a storyteller." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a collection of different nursery rhymes from around the world. Many of the same stories are told in the views of different cultures. This is a great book to use for a cultural unit.
I absolutely love this book. The author does a nice job describing the similarities between each story before the "clusters" and it's nice to see the similarities and differences between each cluster. The illustrations are unique and interesting as they contain elements from the story. My daughter and I like finding each object from the story in the pictures. I highly recommend this book for teachers and parents!