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Stories from Around the World Hardcover – January, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Pub Ltd (January 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794526837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794526832
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By D. Carty on October 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a Russian native, very familiar with Baba Yaga from an early age, let me first tell you that this is the ORIGINAL story, as told by the Russian folklore. That's how i heard it read to me by my mother, father, and granmothers. I dont know if children in US are more babied (and parents certainly have a right to their opinions on how to raise their children) but it often seems that parents want to protect their children from too much. there's nothing wrong with this book or with these stories. that's how they're told to millions of children who live in Eastern European countries and parts of Asia.

Personally I'd rather read this book to my daughter, than let my child watch Nickelodeon or Disney channel (which prmotes lots of violence in all of Disney cartoons).

I'd like to add that since i've become an Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant, I was very proud to learn that Peter Usborne maintained the authenticity of many of these stories, rather than "making them nicer" for the Western audiences.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By dancing mom on May 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
We bought this book for our 3-year old as an alternative to her usually favorite princess and fairy stories, and she loves it! There are stories from different cultures, and she loves picking stories from the map on the inside cover. The artwork is also beautiful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By hcstrippgen on May 17, 2011
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Beautiful presentation and wonderful stories, artwork is colorful. Purchased for grandchild who is presently just an infant, Stories are enchanting. Well done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cassandra X. Constantino on November 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought the book and my kids love it. They like to learn about fairy tales from other countries and they can read them and discuss among themselves and compare to fairy tales from the US
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret D. Wildenthal on January 1, 2013
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"Stories from around the World" is a collection of 22 myths and fairy tales from a much broader cultural and geographical spectrum than the usual collections of better-known stories of European origin. We have used this book as the "reader" for remedial summer school students who are going into the 4th and 5th grades. The stories represent a wide variety of cultures, they are beautifully written and illustrated, and, used in conjunction with a globe, they are also an excellent vehicle for teaching the students world geography. The stories are short (5-7 pages), and both in terms of content and vocabulary, they have great appeal to the students and are colorful enough to also serve as good prompts for student art projects. Though we were using this book with ten- and eleven-year-old students, many of the teachers were so taken with the book that they wanted to buy copies for their own younger grandchildren.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tatyana on May 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As always, Usborne delivers a nice kid-appropriate product. Stories are lovely, adaptations are age-appropriate, and the graphics are delightful. I have one small issue though. In the Russian fairy tale, there's a character, a girl named Misha. In Russia, Misha is not a girl's name but a boy's one. Now, there's Masha, a traditional girl's name, and commonly used in Russian fairy tales. Masha is an equivalent of Goldilocks in "Three Bears." I would recommend editors take a look at the Russian versions. Sorry to be so picky:)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JG&CJ on March 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I got this book to use in the classroom one day but so far I haven't had that opportunity. However, my son and I have been enjoying reading from it!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Buyer on January 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We have purchased hundreds of childrens books and borrowed hundreds more to read our daughter, but Usbourne's "Stories From Around the World" was consistently our daughter's favorite from when she was about 3-7 years-old. She asked me to read this book to her more often than any other book and consistently chose to bring it over all others on family trips. She still keeps it on her bed even though she has long since moved on to reading young adult books. Incidentally, one reviewer mentioned that certain stories like "Baba Yaga" were too scarey for small children. I too was initially concerned, but our often overly sensitive daughter thought the "scarey stories" were absolutely thrilling, especially when she was three.
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