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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (May 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380732602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380732609
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Fourteen mini-mysteries are each followed by a solution and complemented by Sis's distinctive black-and-white drawings. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From Scientific American

Gr. 4-6. Shannon aptly combines folklore and puzzles in this short collection of 14 stories from around the world. The tales, not more than a page or two long, present situations in which someone figures out a problem or solves a mystery. Readers are then asked to suggest how it was done. For those who can't -- and many of the stories are abstract -- solutions are provided. Though children aren't likely to pick this up by themselves, librarians and teachers may find this effective as an introduction to folklore or other library units, and it should provide good brain teasers in work with the gifted. Black-and-white speckled drawings add decoration, and some are cleverly used in illustrating the answers. Short source notes are appended. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

It feels as though I have always been wrapped in stories and books. My parents read to me, and I in turn read to younger brothers. Family economics meant we couldn't own many books, but going to the library was as common as going to the market. I still have the books I received as gifts. They include two "Little Golden Books" that were savored in childhood, and have served as talisman ever since. THE BUNNY BOOK by Patsy and Richard Scarry (1955) and RABBIT AND HIS FRIENDS by Richard Scarry (1953).

Like all children I created stories as part of play. And, like some children, I was soon identified as one who "days dreams too much." I began writing stories when they were given as assignments in elementary school. By seventh grade I was writing even when there was no assignment. My dream of making books became so vivid, I submitted my first "formal" picture book manuscript to a publisher when I was sixteen. Eleven more years of school, work, reading, writing and luck finally brought about LIZARD'S SONG, my first children's book to be accepted.

Looking back, it seems especially appropriate that LIZARD'S SONG was my first book. Even though I had been writing for years, I always felt everyone else's life held better ideas for stories than mine did. I thought there was nothing about me that was interesting enough to make a good story. But I finally learned what Lizard teaches Bear. My best stories come when I tell or sing about what makes my home. What I love. What I fear. Things that have happened to me, and things I hope will happen. Things I like about me. Things I dislike about me. Things I understand, and things that still confuse me. So even though I am not a lizard, squirrel, chicken or rabbit, when you read my books you'll find little bits of what my heart calls home.

Picture books have been my professional focus now for 40 years. Reading them. Writing them. Sharing them with children. Teaching workshops and classes on writing them. Oh yes, and buying them. Lots of them. And now, blogging about them, and helping other writers.

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The stories are good, too!
M. Heiss
I agree with the previous review that it makes one "think outside the box" - and is a fun and valuable asset to any library!
J. D. Fegler
The stories are fun - parents and children should enjoy this.
M. J. Smith

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Fegler VINE VOICE on February 16, 2003
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I just ordered several of these books to give as birthday gifts for my 9 year old daughter's friends, but I had to read through it before we gave them away. Now I may need to purchase one for our house! The stories were fun, interesting and challenging, but not so difficult that my daughter couldn't figure some out for herself. I agree with the previous review that it makes one "think outside the box" - and is a fun and valuable asset to any library!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
I used this book as a summer activity for my kids a number of years ago. One story would be posted on the refrigerator, and left until solved. There was no pressure, and no help. It would just sit there and pique their curiosity. They loved it, and still ask me (10 years later) if there are any more. I'm glad there are sequels now!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Smith VINE VOICE on September 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book consists of folktales, very concisely told, that in some sense are a riddle, a puzzle, a play on words ... These stories are presented as problems to solve.
A major strength of the book is the variety of sources of the tales - Tibetan, Aesop, Armenia, India, Grimm brothers, Ethiopian, Japan; in fact many of the stories could have come from any of a number of cultures. The illustrations add to the interest of the book for its intended audience.
The only weakness is that in only one case does it offer alternative answers. For example, in filling a room perfume works as well as light; if children are reading the book independently, they may not have the confidence to recognize that their answer is a clever as the one given in the text.
The stories are fun - parents and children should enjoy this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book that combines mathematical reasoning and logic with fascinating folktales from around the world. A book that delights kids as well as adults.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leah on October 10, 2012
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This is great logic riddles for my elementary gifted students! They love it! Gave 4 instead of 5 stars bc it is short. But great for the price! Would buy again. If fact! I'm going to buy the "more stories" continuation, which I believe exists!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doug or Kaz on February 11, 2007
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My 8 year old daughter loves this book. On her first read through she said she only solved 1 or 2 of them herself, but she has since enjoyed reading them aloud to my husband and I to see if she can stump us. I've missed at least one, and we haven't read them all yet.

Based on my daughter's experience, I'd recommend this for ages 7 - 12. (or older, as I said, I got stumped too!)
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