From School Library Journal
Most folktale anthologies contain stories about old folks, and Keding's seniors come in all varieties: wise, foolish, clever, tricky, generous, miserly, loving, selfish, and heroic, and all serve as master teachers. All but two of the tales are the author's retellings of known tales and reflect his love and respect for his grandmother who inspired his Stories of Hope and Spirit
(August House, 2004). This volume is intended primarily for readers rather than tellers. The stories are perfect for adults and young people in middle and high school. The Devil and Death appear as characters in several selections. Keding lists questions for students to engage elders in recalling their "old stories," and he provides discussion guides for older audiences to use. Pagination is erratic toward the end of the book, and, most puzzling, the bibliography has ISBNs but no publication dates. This collection is an enjoyable companion to Jane Yolen's Gray Heroes
(Penguin, 1999).—Judy Sokoll, Florida Storytelling Association, Naples
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"These stories, exceptionally well selected and retold with verve and attention to phrasing, are all useful either for reading aloud or for learning to tell--in a classroom or a library, at a child's bedside, in a visit to a retirement home, or around a campfire….An extensive bibliography and an ample index, including entries of subject, author, and title complete this work, which ought to grace the tables of all storytellers and the bookshelves of school libraries." - MultiCultural Review
"This volume is intended primarily for readers rather than tellers. The stories are perfect for adults and young people in middle and high school….Keding lists questions for students to engage elders in recalling their old stories, and he provides discussion guides for older audiences to use." - School Library Journal
"[A] useful and comprehensive collection of narratives concerning a significant topic in storytelling and in life." - Journal of Folklore Research Reviews