Selects and annotates a vast array of folktales from around the world.
Thomas A. Green is associate professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University. His many published books include Greenwood's The Greenwood Library of American Folktales and Praeger's Martial Arts in the Modern World.
"This current work is well titled as a library or archive of stories, written for educators and students as well as the general reader. Each volume is devoted to a specific geographical location, with introductory articles on the narrative traditions of a specific locale. Stories are preceded by an explanatory head note including: title, tradition bearer, source, date, original source, and national origin. Each volume contains a table of contents, bibliographies, and the cumulative index. This is an admirable work, edited by a respected scholar, supporting the literature and social studies curricula. It will be useful for students and instructors interested in promoting an understanding of cultural diversity and a goldmine for storytellers hoping to expand their repertoire.' " - MultiCultural Review "[A]n excellent tool for teaching the use of one of the world's most ubiquitous literary art forms. This collection is suitable for audiences in high school, public and academic libraries." - Lawrence Looks at Books "This valuable collection of folktales provides an engaging introduction to cultural themes and stories from around the globe. . . . this set is an invaluable resource for high-school or beginning college students who are researching in the fields of literature or cultural studies.' " - ARBA "A set preface, volume introductions, and headnotes (brief ethnographic, historical, comparative, or stylistic points) for each tale immensely increase the Library's usefulness. The editor has tried to avoid Western-centric bias, especially in categorizing (tales are grouped by culture or geopolitical divisions)....[T]here is a good blend of subgenres, of the familiar and the rare, and the sacred and the secular, from hundreds of ethnic groups. The Encyclopedia, too, has a global scope, and ranges from antiquity to the present in its 670 entries. It covers commercial films, music, and young adult novels, as well as motifs, writers, tale types, and ethnic groups. An introduction contextualizes fairy tale studies and provides an extensive bibliography (a subset of the closing 64-pages offering). Cross references appear in boldface throughout. . . . Both sets, with their occasional black and white illustrations, will be accessible and useful to sophisticated newcomers to the genre." - School Library Journal "The set gathers together a representative sampling of stories, jokes, personal narratives, morality tales, puns, and legends that have been culled from an international array of classic folktale collections. . . . The selections retain authentic language and rhythyms, and the judicious choices effectively address cultural norms. . . . The preface, volume-specific introductions, and literary commentary take an academic tone, but the stories themselves can be shared and enjoyed by a wide audience. In addition to large public libraries, folklorists, and storytellers, this set will be of interested to academic collections that support students in comparative literature, international studies, or teacher-preparation programs." - Booklist "This would be a great resource for students in world history classes, English as a Second Language, and world literature classes to compare and contrast the various variants of the worldwide folktales and themes such as evil stepmothers, silly husbands, dutiful wives, and sibling rivalries. In addition, this would be a welcome addition to the teacher collection. It is a wonderful multicultural resource for studying this aspect of world cultures. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Recommended." - Library Media Connection "International in scope, this set offers four volumes that each focus on folktales from a broad geographic region: Africa, the Middle East, Australia, and Oceania; Asia; Europe; and North and South America. . . . Including classics like Cinderella, Hansel and Grete, and Jack, the Giant-Killer, this collection entertains while providing insight into the cultural and literary traditions of the diverse cultures represented. Useful for students and researchers as well as general readers; highly recommended for academic and public libraries." - Library Journal