A collection that "shows and tells" multiculturalism, this gathers stories that were being told in 1492, translated from Spanish, Taino, Aztec, and other languages across the world. The Youngs include fascinating notes on history, culture, and sources, and they imagine the stories being told on Columbus' ships, or in a Taino hut, or in a great Aztec stone palace in Mexico, or in a house back in Europe. There's a Taino creation myth, a partly rhymed episode from "El Cid", a European folktale called "The Brave Little Tailor," and so on. One of the best-told stories is "The Smoking Mountain," a version of the old Aztec tale about outcast lovers who are transformed into a great mountain and a volcano. It's interesting to see how stories have endured and traveled and changed among different peoples. By its very subject, this collection is a bit of a hodge-podge, with only the date to unify it. Unlike world collections such as Hamilton's "The Dark Way" , this has no connecting theme, genre, or mood. As a reader, it is disorienting to jump from a Carib creation myth to a Portuguese legend of a dancing princess. However, the anthology will be a great resource for teachers, librarians, and kids to dip into for history or holiday storytelling.