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 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
|2.||Crossing the River||11|
|4.||A Drink for Crow||17|
|6.||The Clever Bride||23|
|7.||The Sticks of Truth||26|
|9.||The Cleverest Son||34|
|10.||Working the Field||37|
|11.||The Guilty Stone||41|
|12.||Dividing the Horses||45|
|13.||One Word Solves a Mystery||48|
|14.||Heaven and Hell||51|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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!