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The Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts and Goblins: Traditional Tales from Around the World Hardcover – September, 1999

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-A lively collection of nine folktales in which the protagonists face larger-than-life challengers. They include "The Giant with No Heart in His Body" (Norway), "The Bunyip" (Australia), and a demon called Korendo in "Little Oonyani" (Siberia). Some selections, such as "Oona and the Giant" (Ireland) are delightfully funny. Another strong heroine can be found in "The Lass Who Couldn't Be Frightened" (Scotland). In some of the tales, the humans are not particularly admirable, such as the boastful "A-Man-Among-Men" (West Africa) and, in some cases, their opponents are likable, such as the wistful "Ghost with Two Faces" (Cheyenne). Matthews's writing is clear and fluid, making these stories especially suited for reading aloud. Manna's stylized watercolor illustrations capture the different moods of the tales. The vibrant colors, varied format, and attractive design make this a visually appealing addition.
Robin L. Gibson, Muskingum County Library System, Zanesville, OH
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

This mild collection is even-tempered in the tellings despite the various spooks of the title. From the plucky princess who aids her prince in the Norwegian ``Giant with No Heart in His Body,'' to the strong-minded Scottish ``Lass Who Couldn't be Frightened'' (who bests a goblin but is undone by a mouseand love), the nine tales cover many cultures and sensibilities. The Cheyenne ``Ghost with Two Faces'' is heartsick and lovelorn, and the Chinese ``Drinking Companions'' honor the dead and the living. Matthews pays particular attention to oral rhythms, so the stories move well, but without the bite some ghoulish readers have come to expect. The illustrations include elegant decorations and borders in a mannered, attenuated style. (sources) (Folklore. 6-10) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 890L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902283279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902283272
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This collects 9 stories from various regions of the world: China, Norway, Australia, Scotland, West Africa, Ireland, Denmark, Siberia, and the Cheyenne. It reads well, with each story taking several pages, and though the style of the ink and watercolor illustrations are not really my favorite, they are admittedly beautiful.

The tales can be humorous, poignant, and at times, disturbing and morally ambiguous. These last two features are not uncommon in fairy and folk tales, and can provide a useful jumping off point for discussions, but parents of younger children may want to read the stories first.

My 6-year old daughter really enjoys this book and has requested many readings of the stories.
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