Stories to Solve

Stories to Solve

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Overview

How can a thirsty crow drink from an almost-empty pitcher? How does arresting a stone help a judge find a boy's stolen money? This artfully illustrated book presents fourteen intriguing mysteries from world folklore. Each brain-teasing tale is followed by a simple explanation of the solution, while notes at the back of the book describe the origins of these classic mysteries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380732609
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/03/2000
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 522,813
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

George Shannon is a popular storyteller and former children's librarian whose many notable picture books include Tomorrow's Alphabet, Lizard's Guest, and White Is for Blueberry. Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!, illustrated by Laura Dronzek, was named a Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book. George Shannon lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.


Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and filmmaker. Among his works are three Caldecott Honor books: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain; Tibet: Through the Red Box; and Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei. He has illustrated five other novels by Sid Fleischman, including the Newbery Medal book The Whipping Boy. He lives with his family in New York State.

Table of Contents

Introduction7
1.Fishing9
2.Crossing the River11
3.Two Mothers14
4.A Drink for Crow17
5.Which Flower?20
6.The Clever Bride23
7.The Sticks of Truth26
8.Three Rosebushes30
9.The Cleverest Son34
10.Working the Field37
11.The Guilty Stone41
12.Dividing the Horses45
13.One Word Solves a Mystery48
14.Heaven and Hell51
Resource Notes54

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Stories to Solve 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of folktales, in which Shannon has removed some crucial element on which the whole story hinges. He then makes it into a riddle, asking the reader to figure out what the character said or did to accomplish the particular feat of that story. I love folk tales and am a fan of mysteries, so these stories are great; they're especially good to share with friends on long road trips. My only gripe is that some of the solutions are far too easy - these are for kids, though, so it's understandable. And some of the tales are real head-scratchers, even for us grown folk. Altogether, a fun series of brain teasers, and I can't wait for my own children to try them out when they're older.
Terrytot More than 1 year ago
This is the first of a series of three books which I love for the end of 1st-3rd grade children. It makes them think, is full of diversity, and tons of fun for them. It offers a great way to fill up some time with thinking skills.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book as a read out loud activity for 6th graders and they thoroughly enjoyed it! It is perfect for their level, not too easy/difficult. They even volunteered to read out loud in front of the class. Well worth its money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BEST! YOU SHOULD DEFINATELY READ THIS BOOK!!! IF DON'T OR YOU DON'T LIKE IT, THEN YOU MUST NOT LIKE THESE TYPE OF BOOKS. THIS BOOK ROX!