Entertaining and educational collection of twelve mythological tales, from places as far afield as India, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Persia, Egypt, Black Africa, and North, South, and Central America. There are myths of the Maoris, the Aborigines, the Basutos, the Canarians, and the North American Passamaquoddy tribe. Dragons, giants, and various monsters are prominent in many of the stories, but there are tales as well of evil kings, mischievous boys, independent-minded women, remarkable animals and birds, and giant lizards. Carolyn Swift is a well known author and critic who has written many books for children including Irish Myths & Tales and European Myths and Tales. Her new book is an excellent choice for classroom use, ideal for curious young readers.