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English Folktales (World Folklore Series) Hardcover – October 30, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1591582601 ISBN-10: 1591582601

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Product Details

  • Series: World Folklore Series
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited (October 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591582601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591582601
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,090,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This collection of more than 50 English folktales contains a variety of stories arranged by common themes: The Fool in All His Glory, Wily Wagers and Tall Tales, Dragons and Devils, etc. The work of 22 storytellers is represented and their tellings are lively and inflected with the rhythms and speech of the regions from which their stories emanate. It is a delightful compendium for storytellers.–Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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"The work of 22 storytellers is represented and their tellings are lively and inflected with the rhythms and speech of the regions from which their stories emanate. It is a delightful compendium for storytellers."

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tasbjorn on December 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you are interested in stories of any kind this book offers such a broad selection across all the permutations that you will find something in here that smokes your eyebrows off. Guaranteed. The editors did a fantastic job, no surprise. They are both excellent storytellers who know what makes a story work. The scholarship is excellent. You simply can't go wrong with this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emma Thompson on February 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Jeesh! These are incredibly banal and bland retellings of a mismash of stories, some based in folklore and some, amazingly, inane kiddy campfire fare. The editors have the gall to include a tale called "The Girl and the Anorak," an even-sillier-the-usual rendition of that tired old chestnut about the git who picks up a female hitchhiker, loans her his anorak (jacket/sweater/raincoat/windbreaker), goes looking for it later and discovers that the girl was actually a GHOST KILLED IN A ROAD ACCIDENT and his anorak (jacket/sweater/raincoat/windbreaker) is HANGING ON HER TOMBSTONE.

Yawn.

Don't waste your money.
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