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Drawing on the folklore and mythology of India and Nepal, "Tales for Great Grandchildren" is a captivating collection of illustrated stories that will delight children and those who read to them. The tales and illustrations follow a distinguished tradition of storytelling made famous by the likes of Aesop, Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm.

Author John Jackson
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Hardcover, 142 pages
Published 2011 by JJ Books
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Marsha
You are drawn in right away by the title. Great grandchildren? Why not the children or even grandchildren?

The author understands that stories told at a third remove from the original source are compelling because of their very nature. This is the point where an event starts to achieve the level of legend, of fairy tale or myth, when the children listen in wide-eyed wonder to a story that couldn’t possibly be true. Their great grandfather or grandmother has a stern lesson in store for them but c
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Laura
Jan 02, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Won this from goodreads and have to say, I am impressed. Nice, old style children stories with a macabre twist. I would give my edition to my nephew but it's pretty enough that I think I'm going to wait until he's old enough not to drool all over it and destroy it.
Demetra
Mar 06, 2012 Demetra rated it really liked it
This now comes as an ipad app so kids can be read to or read themselves!
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
In ancient times, before mankind had a written language, knowledge was passed from generation to generation in the form of verbal stories. The stories were entertaining but were also meant to educate the younger generation about the ways of the world. Many of those stories, or at least the style itself, survive to this day in the form of fables from the likes of Aesop and Hans Christian Andersen.

In his introduction John Jackson discusses the ancient tradition of storytelling, explaining that the
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Gaele
May 31, 2013 Gaele rated it it was amazing
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Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 4 Story: 5

While presented as being for children from 7 – 12, this is the perfect collection to share with children of all ages: providing a perfect series of quiet moments, or relaxing before nap or sleep. These 13 stories mix in creatures familiar and less so: I think my favorite was the story entitled Lovely One, with the king’s elephant that missed his lotus flower and was moping.

John Jackson self-narrates these stories, and has a voice that will
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John Jackson
Aug 31, 2012 John Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As the author, I will not comment on my own writing, but I am delighted with Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini's illustrations, which remind me of the work of classic 'golden age' illustrators, such as Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac.
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JJ was born in 1929 in rural Devon. In 1931 he and his younger brother moved with their parents - who were ‘flat broke’, out of work and in poor health – to a rented cottage in Lyme Regis on Dorset’s Jurassic coast.

The family survived on what they could grow and rear on a small allotment and what they could catch in the sea. For cash they took in lodgers. They were not the only family in difficult
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