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The Wizard King: & Other Spellbinding Tales Hardcover – August 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books; 1st ed edition (August 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901223841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901223842
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,751,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-Nine stories about wizards and other enchanted types from a variety of cultures. The selections, two Native American (Algonquin and Hopi), and one each from France, Greece, England, Russia, Armenia, Italy, and Wales, all have appealing basic story elements, but the retellings are bland. The layout is open and pleasant, and the full-page watercolors as well as the small paintings and decorative elements that face them are done with an obvious effort to reflect the ethnic origins. However, there is a blandness here, too, that gives the pictures the appearance of coloring-book pages. Two of the stories-"Pome and Peel" from Italy and "The Story of Merlin" from Wales-are available in most library collections. The fact that some of the other offerings are less readily available may be a reason for purchase. The subjective, brief, and largely vague source notes give almost no guidance in authenticating the tales. While inoffensive, this book is hardly essential.
Sally Margolis, Barton Public Library, VT
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 3^-6. This collection of nine retellings of traditional folk and fairy tales from many different countries features dragons, monsters, wizards, and magic spells. Most of the stories, such as "The Wizard King," "Ivan and the Wizard," and "The Partridge Spirit," will be new to young readers. The substantial text on each page is printed in either single or double columns and is adequately broken up with brightly colored illustrations ranging in size from full page to small decorative panels or single images that surround the page numbers. Although brief explanations of story sources are appended, they are not detailed enough to be authoritative. Youngsters may not be spellbound by these tales, but they will enjoy listening to the stories in group settings or reading them on their own. An additional purchase. April Judge

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on December 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book contains nine folk and fairy tales from nine different cultures. The stories are printed in a medium size type and with simple, yet bright and inviting fantasy pictures, it is an open invitation to children to expand their reading skills while being pleasantly entertained. These stories are sufficiently obscure to seem brand new to young readers and so provide a wonderful sense of discovery as well as a fun journey through the realm of make-believe. The tales come from the British Isles, Europe and Russia, the Mediterranean and also two from the treasure-house of North American Indian lore. John and Caitlin Matthews are brilliant scholars of folk history and of magical lore and their choices of these nine stories provide a beautiful opportunity to experience lesser known folk tales that are filled with magic and wisdom. Having been fortunate enough to visit the ancient stone circle in England called the Rollright Stones, my personal favorite story in this collection is "The Witch of Rollright" that tells how the ring of stones came to be standing where it is now located. The illustrations for this story include fairies dancing at the feet of the beautiful witch who kept the land safe from a would-be conquerer. The text contains tidbits of folklore concerning the offering of milk to the fey and the significance of the elder tree in pagan lore. All the stories have similar indigenous imagery. This is not your average fairy tale book but instead the Matthews have faithfully delivered gems of wisdom and whimsy from the simple people who lived with and understood these concepts as part of their daily lives. I heartily recommend this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one super book I love the diffrent storys and I realy like "The Sick Wizard"story.This book is excellent for younger children (4-9).In this book it says the contry of origin (eg"The Boy Magician Hopi)It is good to practice the story and tell others.
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