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Around the World in 80 Tales Hardcover – October 15, 2007
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every child should have this bok. My grandson,who is 7,takes this book with him wherever he goes. Stories are short enough to read one or two before bedtime.Amazing!Published 3 months ago by jeanne gallant
With whimsical fancy and genuine curiosity, my children devoured "Around the World in 80 Tales" with unstoppable vigor that could only rival the desire of the Big Bad Wolf... Read morePublished on February 23, 2014 by Erica
There is alot of stories about husbands, wives and marriages in this book. Might suit older kids, but not younger ones. Found it a bit inappropriate for young ones. Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by Think twice
I love how it has a different story from every country. Very good book for kids who want to expand their horizons and go beyond the same old same old disney stories.Published on April 6, 2013 by cristy89
Terrific book of stories I had never heard before. Love the artwork and the true international flavor of this book. A must for families!Published on December 10, 2012 by Matthew Wolfe
My son was asked to do a class project where he would present a folk tale to his class and tell what country the tale was from. This book was just amazing when it arrived. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by Sue Reviews