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Bird Tales from Near & Far (Williamson Tales Alive Books) Paperback – March, 1998

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Grade 3-6-Six stories involving birds are linked with scientific facts as well as related projects and activities. Wingerter's richly colored and textured paintings transport readers from lands close to home to those as far away as Thailand. The Iroquois see the owl as a symbol of wisdom. A Japanese crane transforms itself into a woman and back into a bird. In Thailand, birds speak in human language. Some of the projects can be completed by children alone. However, most require adult supervision to insure safety as well as to help youngsters get the greatest benefit from the experience. A number of activities call for the use of power tools, hot stoves, or complicated and messy equipment. Others, such as finding bird-shaped constellations or folding origami cranes, simply require guidance. This is a pleasant way to introduce children to birds as well as to different cultures. With a little adult input, young readers' imaginations will soar.
Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Luminous artwork, activities, and stories from around the world combine for an ethereal collection of avian folklore. Six tales have been harvested from the Iroquois, Thai, Yemeni, Ukrainian, Ethiopian, and Japanese traditions. The tellings and radiant paintings capture the essence of the diverse cultures; while most of the stories are available in other collections, the inclusion of several related activities, and the ``Feathered Facts'' that are scattered throughout the pages, make this a valuable compendium of information, very palatably served. A collection not to be devoured in one sitting, but savored section by section. (index) (Folklore. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Williamson Tales Alive Books
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Williamson Publishing Company (March 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188559318X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885593184
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,503,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a unique children's book in that it is an unusual combination of a fully illustrated picture book and activity book. Linda S. Wingerter's paintings are particularly rich and mysterious.
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I own the other 2 Tales Alive books which I bought based on their publisher (williamson) who I find to be excellent, as well as descriptions of contents. I absolutely love them and this book, "Bird Tales", is also wonderful. It has lovely pictures and stories and a range of activities which are suitable for children 6-10yo but extendable in both directions if need be. I work with a youth organisation and use these stories and activities occasionally with the girls (9.5-13yo) as well as with my own children (aged 6 down to 18mo).

A great mix of folktales and science and craft and very flexible in uses.
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