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Tales of Mystery and Magic Hardcover – September 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books; Rei/Com edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846862582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846862588
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,487,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 2-5–While some of these seven tales are familiar, such as “The Strange Visitor” from Scotland, others are more obscure, such as the Inuit “The Mightiest Mouse that ever Nibbled Fat.” All of the selections are impeccably told, and practicing storytellers will gleefully add them to their repertoires. Baruzzi's folk-art illustrations, rendered in digital collage, are a perfect complement to the tales. Through careful selection of appropriate details, including dress, landscape, border patterns, etc., the artist gives readers a good sense of the particular tale's country of origin; at the same time, the design is consistent enough so the presentation never feels disjointed. The slightly skewed perspectives add to the sense of mystery and magic that Lupton is trying to convey. Sources notes as well as a delightful CD narrated by the reteller are included. This is a fine addition to the folklore shelf, sure to be popular with children and storytellers.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Footless elves. An inhabited skull. The regeneration of a pile of bones. These seven stories have their share of gore, but their simple tellings and folktale conventions make them seem, as the book’s title indicates, more mysterious than macabre. Storyteller Lupton (a CD with his narration is included) has chosen intriguing tales from across civilizations: Chilean, Scottish, South Asian, Inuit, Russian, Seneca, and West African. As fine as the tales are, Baruzzi’s evocative artwork is what really elevates this. With styles changing from story to story, each is bordered with a design from the region, and the tales sweep across the pages and find as much humor as relevancy. Perhaps the most moving is the West African story of a father who goes missing, with its message about how life is linked to remembrance. Although the collection was originally published as Freaky Tales from Far and Wide (1999), the artwork is all new here, so even libraries owning an older copy will want to replace it. Grades 2-5. --Ilene Cooper

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Manning-Mansfield on December 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I love reading illustrated books of fairytales, myths and legends. The tales mentioned in the publisher's summary didn't sound familiar to me so this book intrigued me.

A fabulous collection of fairytales (and a couple of legends) that all involve elements of magic or unexplained happenings. Some have happy endings, but not all. This collection was all new to me except one, and not knowing the originals I cannot say whether they have been watered down but I doubt it because of the elements that are included. We have a disembodied body, a reanimated corpse and a couple of elves who cut off their feet! And sometimes someone learns there lesson the hard way.

These tales are all perfect for even the youngest listener and perfect for reading aloud as they are written in a storyteller voice and these tales all include the element of repetition in various formats. One story uses the sing song phrase which gets repeated over and over throughout the tale, another has an animal walking along and asking a question, the answer is yes, then another animal comes along and so on until at the very end things change when the answer is no. Then there's the scenario where one goes out and tries one thing for a certain result and that doesn't work, so they do another thing and that doesn't and so on. These repetitious tales are always favourites for younger children and I've found them the most fun to read aloud. If you are not into reading aloud, then you are in luck as the book comes with an audio CD with all the tales narrated by the author Hugh Lupton, a professional storyteller.

Besides the repetition, another thing that makes this selection unique is that not one of the tales is common.
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I gave my son this book for his 8th. Birthday and he loves it! The stories are intriguing and unique for all ages
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By signy pool on December 9, 2012
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The illustrations in this book are beautiful, i did n't love the cd, the story teller its flat and there is not background sound that support the story so i found the cd quite boring.
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Hugh Lupton is a master collector and teller.I really appreciate the bibliography in the end of the book that tells the sources for each story. The selections are either unusual stories that are charming or unusual versions of stories that I have read from other cultures. I hope Hugh continues to collect and publish stories for children.The illustrator also did a wonderful job!! Thanks!!
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