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Around the World in 80 Tales Hardcover – October 15, 2007

4.4 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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About the Author

Saviour Pirotta has written more than sixty fiction and nonfiction books for children, and his works have been translated into ten languages. He has a special interest in myths and traditional legends from around the world. Saviour was born in Malta and is a trained chef.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; 1st edition (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075345999X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753459997
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is truly a beautiful book that makes an excellent gift for a child who enjoys reading and / or who enjoys being read to. It is also an interesting choice for a baby shower present--giving the gift of future storytelling and imagination. It should be included in every home library, in our opinion.

The inside covers contain a wonderfully illustrated map depicting the continents, truly emphasizing that this is a book of world stories. The pages are richly decorated with appropriate, story-related images that capture the interest of young minds, and the font is easy to read for those of us who have glasses. The book is organized well, which makes finding stories fun and easy. The stories, which are of reasonable length and scope, always contain life lessons that can be discussed with youngsters; storytelling and story-hearing evoke character and develop critical thinking, observation, and imagination.

Our favorite tales are Anansi and the Plantains; The Half Chick; The Golden Horseshoe; The Rainbow Snake; Wish Upon A Star; The Man in the Moon; The Giant's Causeway; Thirsty are the Reeds; Green Figs, Purple Figs; The Silver Goose; The Parrot's Problem.

The book seems to honor world cultures and promote diversity. All cultures have endearing stories, and universal themes bind humanity together.
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This book arrived by mail from Grandma and joined our bedtime routine until each of the 80 stories were shared. We've since returned to it again and again. Each story is short enough that both my 5 and 3 year old can enjoy it. A colorful map on the inside cover helps match tale with place. Beautiful illustrations and a diverse selection of stories, some old and many new to us. It seems sure to become a classic.
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The stories are really cool. There is a great variety. This is a great book for homeschoolers. There are stories from each part of the world, so as you study history or geography, it's fun to have a book like this on hand to read with the kids as you study different countries.
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I am a teacher for a small private school. I was looking for a more interesting way to have the children learn about countries, rather than just questions and maps. This book is perfect!!! It has a beautiful cover and beautiful pictures inside! The stories are the perfect length and covers countries from across the world. I will use it in the upcoming school year, and am positive it will be a great hit!!!
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This is a wonderful book that has tales from countries around the world. Most are short, just one or 2 pages, so it makes a great bedtime story for little ones with short attention spans. Highly recommend this.
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Too often in my search for folk and fairy tales, the lessons in the stories tended to be the exact opposite of anything I would want to teach my children. This book was such a relief to find, as the stories generally had the good guys behaving well and winning, and the lazy or dishonest people not coming out ahead. One reviewer criticized how the stories arent content appropriate for young kids - I didnt find this to be the case. A fair number of them ended in marriage, but there was no jealousy or violence or themes inappropriate for young kids.

I bought this book for my second grader for homeschooling and meeting CCS for literature. Its worked out well - he reads the stories then is able to retell the stories and give opinions on what happened. Each of the stories are 2-3 pages, which seems about right for keeping my sons attention and interest.

Both of us really enjoyed reading the stories in this book, and that the tales have stayed in our minds and discussions speaks to their effect. :) We really recommend this as a folktale book, especially to anyone whos been discouraged by reading anthologies of stories that dont make a lot of sense to our modern zeitgeist.
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This book has been great for bedtime stories for both my 4 yr old and my 7 yr old. The stories are the perfect length ( pretty short) and are interesting and somewhat diverse. We have been doing a story per night and it works out really well. I also think that the artwork is really nice.
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This book is for older children 5-8+, though my 3 year old grandson loves it. He will sit and listen even though there are no pictures. Some stories aren't appropriate for his age. It is a beautiful book.
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