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This is a collection of 35 folk tales from all over the world. You'll meet ghosts, spirits, robbers, princesses, sharks, and tigers, wealthy sultans and hungry peasants, fair maidens and cackling witches, rainbow birds and laughing fish. The stories are romantic, funny, sad, exciting, miraculous, and exotic. They vary in style and content, from the familiar "The Pied Piper ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 8th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Laura
Feb 17, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
I didn't know some of the stories in this collection could cause me to be so polarized regarding it in general. They're just children's folk tales....right?

Well, Asia, Africa & the Middle Eastern stories blew me away. Heroism, cleverness, and above all STRONG WOMEN (their cunning, craft, and intelligence prized before their beauty!!!!) take the stage. These are stories daughters of all cultures should hear, and I was happy to see them.

But then you get creepy Pied Piper from Germany (after do
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Rachel Hope Crossman
This book came into my life about twenty years ago, as a gift from my father in law. It includes stories from Asia and India, The Near and Middle East, Europe, Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas, making it an excellent single volume to purchase if you seek diversity in folktales. My favorites include Why the Fish Laughed, Zlateh the Goat, Oneyeye and King Olu Dotun's Daughter, and The Two Old Women's Bet.
Renee Brown
Jan 15, 2016 Renee Brown rated it really liked it
Collection of tales from around the world. Some good; some not.
Angela
For grades 4 and up, ages 9 and up

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Folk tales from around the world that are both familiar and little known make up this collection of 35. The stories are grouped by place of origin enabling the readers to travel through the history, culture, and lives of the people who were the first to tell the tales. These tales are great for reading to young children and to later become a favorite book for life.
Amy
Mar 14, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
Genre: Folk tales, young readers
This is a good folk tale book for the young reader. They will be exposed to folk tales from around the world in an enjoyable format to read. There are some illustrations that accompany the text that are great to look at and help the reader better undertsand the folk tale. I think this is a good book to expose young readers to the art of the folk tale.
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Kevin Crossley-Holland is a well-known poet and prize-winning author for children. His books include Waterslain Angels, a detective story set in north Norfolk in 1955, and Moored Man: A Cycle of North Norfolk Poems; Gatty's Tale, a medieval pilgrimage novel; and the Arthur trilogy (The Seeing Stone, At the Crossing-Places and King of the Middle March), which combines historical fiction with the re ...more
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