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Wonder Tales from around the World
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Gr. 4^-6, younger for reading aloud. Twenty-seven traditional tales from cultures around the world are succinctly retold in a first collection by storyteller Heather Forest. Forest's addition of rhyming refrains adds to the "read-and tell-ability" of each story, as do the active verbs she uses and the declarative nature of the narrative. Some tales will be familiar from other collections--" The Talking Skull" from West Africa, "The Golden Goose" from Germany, "Duffy and the Devil" from England, and "The Boy Who Drew Cats" from Japan. Others are wonderfully new, for example, Indonesia's "The Magic Oysters of the Queen of the South Sea" and Ecuador's "The Search for the Magic Lake." Each tale is accompanied by a full-page, stylized pen-and-ink illustration that takes advantage of the oversize format. The caricatures of various ethnic groups may be a bit troublesome, particularly those of Asian and African American characters, but art aside, the stories are quite fine, with Forest including substantial source notes on each tale as well as alternative versions. A good resource for storytelling and comparative research. Janice Del Negro --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Heather Forest Bio: Heather Forest's unique minstrel style of telling stories blends her original music, folk guitar, poetry, and prose along with song and the spoken word to give her stories an uncommon warmth and charm. She has toured widely performing her repertoire of world folktales for the past thirty years to theatres, major storytelling festivals, schools and conferences throughout the world. Heather's books have received many prestigious awards including the Children's Choice Award, Parent's Choice Award, CCBC Choices, ABC Best Books for Children, Best Children's Books of the Year, Book Sense Winter Children's Picks, and the National Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA) among others. Heather is currently working on her tenth book with August House, a collection of ancient and epic tales. Ms. Forest holds a Master's Degree in Storytelling and she is a recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award presented by the National Storytelling Network. Her many performance credits include The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., The National Storytelling Festival, The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, Tales of Graz Festival in Austria, the Sidmouth International Festival in England and the Glistening Waters Storytelling Festival in New Zealand.

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Gr 3-6‘A collection of 27 folktales from around the world, each of which has a vein of magic that will delight both readers and listeners. Forest has retold each story in the "...minstrel performance style of storytelling [that] interweaves original poetry, guitar, and the sung and spoken word." Phrasing and imagery are consistently vivid, making these tales excellent candidates for storytelling as well as good read-alouds. The book's design is uncluttered and pleasing, with large pages and print and wide margins. An effective, full-page black-and-white drawing enhances each selection. All in all, a fine addition to most folklore collections.‘Lee Bock, Brown County Public Libraries, Green Bay, WI

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