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Silly and Sillier: Read-Aloud Tales from Around the World Library Binding – September 10, 2002

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Former Soviet artist Valeri Gorbachev (One Rainy Day) brings back his playfully illustrated animal pals for another romp, this time with storyteller Judy Sierra, who has collected 20 boisterous read-along tales from around the world.

A doctor of folklore (both literally and metaphorically), Sierra did a fine job assembling this motley crew of talking animals, magical monsters, and even a talking pancake: Bahaman witch Koolimasunder W. Diamondpaw loses her treasure to a little girl; a fire and a wave both get speaking lines in the Bangladeshi story "Toontoony Bird"; and a pumpkin sings for a djinni (well, sort of) in Iran's "The Singing Pumpkin." Throughout, Gorbachev provides gleeful backup, easily switching gears from dancing Japanese mice to the Brazilian wedding of Miss Lizard and Jabuti the Tortoise. (And who knew a talking pancake could have such an emotional range?)

Sierra's choices will no doubt be fun for any child to hear or read along with, but the carefully picked stories--while silly and occasionally, yes, even sillier--still teach worthwhile lessons universal to every culture. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this spirited collection, reteller Sierra (Nursery Tales from Around the World; and its sequel, Can You Guess My Name?: Traditional Tales Around the World, noted below) once again rounds up a bevy of brief, traditional tales. Here, 20 stories from countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Borneo, Mexico and the Czech Republic range from some that will be entirely new to youngsters to riffs on familiar yarns (among them a Russian variation on the tale of a mitten that expands to shelter woodland animals, and a cumulative Irish tale with a refrain akin to that of The Gingerbread Man). In the volume's funniest offering, "Juan Bobo" from Argentina, a simpleton inadvertently wins the hand of a princess. Gorbachev (Nicky and the Big, Bad Wolves) utilizes her signature renderings of animals endowed with bold personalities to great effect here. Vignettes build the tension in "The Wonderful Pancake" as various pursuers join the fray, while a two-thirds-page spot illustration captures the climactic moment when "Bear Squash-You-All-Flat" bursts the mitten in the Russian story. Balancing nonsense capers and trickster tales, Sierra occasionally integrates words from the language of the country of origin. Though several selections seem a bit slight, well-timed repetition, alliteration, sound effects and copious dialogue from a variety of characters make most of the stories lively choices for reading-aloud. Gorbachev's animated illustrations reflect the international settings and reinforce the playfulness of the tales. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Library Binding: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375906096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375906091
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,003,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Judy Sierra's picture book texts have won the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award, Parents' Choice awards, Children's Choice awards, Readers' Choice awards from many of the 50 states, and have been named Notable Books by the American Library Association.

Visit her website: http://www.judysierra.net

Judy's newest picture book is E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm (With a Little Help from a Hen). "Kids have been singing about Old Mac for fifty years or more, but until now, no one has explained how he got that farm of his. After a bit of sleuthing, combined with spoofing, I discovered that this agricultural legend owes a lot to a famous chicken, the Little Red Hen, who helped him turn an annoying lawn into a productive organic farm, complete with farmstand."

Judy Sierra has been writing for children for 25 years. She lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Bowser on March 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
TWENTY great stories similiar toour own childhood read alouds but with a different twist and sillywords to repeat together guaranteedto make every one laugh and get so silly you will be giggling andend up sillier. Beautifullycolored illustrations add to thepleasure of these short stories tobe enjoyed by adults as well....abook you will want to read over andagain. Children's books are expensive but this one is worth it.
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By Barb on November 1, 2006
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My 6 year old loves this book. We have read it through several times and he still asks to hear some of his favorite stories from the book again. This is exactly what we look for in a read-aloud book.
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She is an amazing author. This is a good book. We have more of her big bad wolf stories. My kids loves them. Would recommend to anyone to buy. Your kids will love them
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