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Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud (Tell Me a Story) (Hardcover with CD) Hardcover – March 1, 2009


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From Publishers Weekly

The Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud by Hugh Lipton offers seven retellings from around the world. Some will be familiar to youngsters, such as the Norwegian "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." Others, such as "Little Lord Feather-Frock" from Russia and India's "Monkey-See, Monkey-Do," may be new. Lipton's text winds itself through Sophie Fatus's equally narrative illustrations, each with a different mood and palette.

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From School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-The seven stories included in this collection are versions of oft-told folktales from around the world. "The Magic Porridge Pot" is similar to Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona (S & S, 1979), "Monkey-See, Monkey-Do" to Esphyr Slobodkina's Caps for Sale (HarperTrophy, 1987), and "The Sweetest Song" is adapted from Virginia Hamilton's The People Could Fly (Knopf, 1985). There are also versions of "The Blue Coat" (the Jewish folktale, "The Tailor") and "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." These retellings, with their repetitions and rhythmic language, reveal Lupton's background as a storyteller, and should appeal to young readers. While the illustrations aren't large enough for large-group viewing, children will appreciate Fatus's droll, childlike art, her strong sense of design, and the easy-to-read font. Sharp-eyed viewers may spot several minor flaws in the otherwise lively and appealing artwork. For example, while the text indicates that the troll "licked his gray lips with his red tongue," the illustrations clearly depict him with red lips, and the Little Red Hen is mainly brown. This book would work in early elementary classrooms as a supplementary reader, but is not a necessity for libraries that already own outstanding versions of these classic tales illustrated by well-known artists.

Laurie Edwards, Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books; Rei/Com edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846863015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846863011
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,674,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barefoot books have been a staple in our house since our son was born and we also love their podcasts.
Kat
Although some stories are a little much for a toddler, he likes the sweeter ones anyways, so we are fine with reading it to him.
Diana
This book is a collection of well-known tales from different cultures, including Indian, Norwegian, African-American, etc..
Erika Mitchell

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Erika Mitchell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is a collection of well-known tales from different cultures, including Indian, Norwegian, African-American, etc.. Some of the stories have some tension and may be rather scary, but some kids may like them. The book includes:
--The magic pot: about a magical pot that is always full of food, and how it needs to be managed.
--Monkey see, monkey do: about a hat salesman who upsets his cart and a bunch of monkeys who steal his hats. The salesman must be quite clever to get his hats back.
--Sweetest song: about a little girl who goes out to pick flowers, and forgets to mind where she is going, soon wandering off deep into the forest. She has to think fast to get away from the wolf who follows her.
--Little Lord Feather-frock: about a cat, blackbird, and rooster who all lived together. A cunning fox starts carrying them away, and the cat and the blackbird must scheme to free the rooster.
--Three billy goats gruff: about 3 billy goats who need to cross a bridge that has a terrible troll living under it. They manage to get across by relying on the troll's greediness and their own brute strength.
--Little red hen: about a hen that finds a seed and asks other animals to help her plant it and take care of it. But no one is interested into helping her, so she must do the work herself. When the seed grows and ripens, she makes it into bread and keeps it for herself since no one helped her with the work.
--Blue coat: about a little boy with a favorite coat made out of blue fabric. When he wears out the coat, his mother cuts it down and makes a vest out of it. This happens again and again until the coat is reduced to a button.
All told, the book has about 4100 words.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diana on February 18, 2008
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This is one book my husband and I can stand to read over and over. Our toddler loves it. We cannot figure out why but for six months it has been the top choice to read and study the pictures. Although some stories are a little much for a toddler, he likes the sweeter ones anyways, so we are fine with reading it to him.
The table of contents is great as there are pictures by the titles so he can choose which story we read. He did not like the CD at all and cried - the man's voice is kind of creepy on it.
A wonderful book to add to any collection.

Update: Now that my son is 3 1/2 he still loves the stories and has come to love the stories on CD. In fact, the 'voice' has grown on me too and we really love the stories! It has nice transition music between stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Evelyn on June 29, 2014
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Love, love, love the stories! Barefoot Books always does a fantastic job.This was a purchase for a road trip with our 2.5 year-old, and well worth it. She likes listening to the stories in the car, and has started requesting the book for bedtime. I would give it five stars except that the mix is off in the audio: you have to crank the volume to hear the narrator, and then the flute music about deafens you in between each story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kat on April 20, 2013
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Barefoot books have been a staple in our house since our son was born and we also love their podcasts. This was a perfect gift for his fourth birthday. He knows many of the stories already but there are news ones from a variety of cultures. Great CD to listen to in the morning or for quiet time or in the car.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon F on November 26, 2008
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This is an excellent read aloud storybook for young children. The illustrations are full page and well done. The stories themselves are short but captivating enough to read to a squirmy toddler.
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