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A Forest Of Stories Paperback – April 1, 2005

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-In reworking these folktales, Singh has made the stories gentler and prettier but less pithy. The selections, each immortalizing a different tree, are presented in a literary form without traditional beginning and ending phrases such as "once upon a time." In place of the simple language of the original tales, the reteller has provided rich stories embellished with much detail that sets the locale with descriptions of clothing, food, and surroundings. In updating the tales, however, there have been some substantive changes. A foolish boy who steals the fruit of a magic tree is turned forever into a part of that tree in the traditional story. In this adaptation, he is set free when the tree is moved to mercy by the tears of the maiden who tempted him to steal the fruit, and thereby a treacherous and foolish deed goes unpunished. A traditional tale in which turtle tricks the townspeople and receives just punishment is changed to a story of a boy, with a tortoise and a monkey as sidekicks, who fools the townspeople and receives a merciful reprieve. Again, wickedness goes unpunished. The beautiful watercolor, graphite, and collage illustrations greatly enhance the text. Each story is prefaced by a framed illustration of the tree with gracefully printed information about it. Charming borders and lovely paintings result in a pretty package, but the tales lack the integrity of their roots.
Marlene Gawron, formerly at Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PreS-Gr. 3. "Trees are the oldest living things on earth," writes Singh in the introduction to this folktale collection, and although her statement may not be scientifically sound (there are some bacteria laying claim to the title), her lyrical remarks remind readers of the ancient, complex relationship between humans and trees. Each of these seven retold tales, set in different places around the world, features a type of tree, described briefly in an introduction to each chapter. In "The Pomegranate Tree," from Morocco, a tree's rich fruit is celebrated when a wicked djinnia turns the seeds into jewels. In "The Palm Tree," from Nigeria, the tree becomes a living character when it lifts up its roots and lurches mightily through a marketplace. Singh cites her sources, but she has taken great liberties in the retellings, which are mostly smoothly flowing, magical tales that will easily translate to lively classroom or bedtime reading. Cann's vibrant, detailed watercolor scenes will draw further interest while emphasizing the range of cultures represented. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841488828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841488820
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Forest of Stories is a wonderful collection of folktales and myths about that which most of us see every day, perhaps without even thinking much about them: trees. First of all, what pulls me into the story is the art work. It is colorful, detailed and full of variety. The illustrations are vivid and full of imagination. The stories then are free to be woven into a volume that introduces different peoples with each chapter. The tales are, of course, likely meant for children, though I believe anyone could enjoy them.

I bought this because of research I was doing for my own projects, and I am glad I did, as I found myself caught up in the wonder of the book. The only thing I might suggest would be to change the font to a more artistic style and design--and perhaps a slightly larger font. The typeface that I read looks too formal and rather out of place for such a colorful project such as this. But the stories themselves are as well-written as the pictures are beautiful.

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This is a beautifully illustrated book that has wonderful tales from around the world. I was impressed with the variety of tales and the quality of the material.
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a wonderful collection.
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