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Around the World in 80 Tales

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Around the World in 80 Tales bySaviour Pirotta and richly illustrated by Richard takes readers on a journey across six continents, with entertaining folktales from eighty different storytelling traditions. An excellent introduction to foreign countries, these beautifully told stories are perfect for reading aloud and encouraging children to learn about different cultures a ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 15th 2007 by Kingfisher (first published October 8th 2007)
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I'm concerned. There's no author's note, no bibliography. Are these stories really representative of the cultures listed? The first story is an American version of the Bremen Town musicians... really?? Another story listed for the Americas is The Golden Horseshoe, which strongly resembles the several versions I've seen of The Princess on the Glass Hill. I don't know what's going on here, but I don't think it's really a lesson in multi-cultural diversity.

The pictures seem old-fashionedly casually
Fantastic tales from around the world. My children adored this book. Nice addition to a new parent's library. They can recall most of the tales. Each tale offers the opportunity for discussion. Most of these are fine to read without worrying you will upset your child. I adore reading children's tales. If one compares this book to one of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books (1889-1910) the latter must be read aloud with caution. Some children find some of the tales upsetting. All of these tales were within ...more
This is a fun book to read short stories and ledgends from different parts of the world. The tales are fun, and most of them we had never heard before. It is always great to read a story that is new and unique. The only downside is some of the stories do not have a picture, so it is harder to keep 2 year old Bryan engaged. But four year old Kendall doesn't mind, so maybe better for older kids.
I love this book a a great bedtime read aloud for the kids. 80 stories from different countries all around the world. I was impressed how few I had ever heard before and how playful and engaging most are. Also the stories are mostly 2-3 pages long so it is easy to read just one on a night you are short for time, or 2 or 3 on more leisurely nights.
I read one tale each morning to my daughter, starting when she was about two months old. Almost all of the stories were new to me, and a handful were very well written. We'll come back to this one many times!
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{Laurie's note: I can't believe she finished this in one night! It's 176 pages!}
Many interesting tales from all over the globe. Fables and fairy tales.
Aug 09, 2008 Mckayla rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young readers(up to around twelve)
Recommended to Mckayla by: My sister
Many creative fun folk stories in this book. They all have a great moral!
Read this in middle school and could not put it down. I LOVED this classic.
Book divided by continents.
M Murphy
Great stories.
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Saviour Pirotta is the award-winning author of over one hundred fiction and nonfiction books for children. His works have been translated into 28 languages. Originally from Malta, he now lives in England.

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