Most libraries have vibrant folklore collections but few offer information about the storytellers. MacDonald presents 10 individuals who share their stories in schools, libraries, and festivals. She has heard them all and interviewed most, sometimes with an interpreter. They come from cultures as diverse as Tibet, Brazil, Ghana, and the Chehalis Reservation in Washington. In their own words they trace their paths toward storytelling and their reasons for telling, which include preserving stories from palm-leaf manuscripts in Thailand and describing life as lived by the isolated victims of Hansen's disease in Hawaii. Full-page photos give each person a face. MacDonald is a folklorist, storyteller, and author who has brought many traditional tales to life for modern listeners. Her portraits here open windows into unfamiliar cultures and affirm the value of story. A book that is well documented and highly readable.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.