- Age Range: 10 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Clarion Books (August 23, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395869684
- ISBN-13: 978-0395869680
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,845,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Magic & Mischief: Tales from Cornwall Hardcover – August 23, 1999
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-These tales are well chosen and retold in a lively manner that makes them beg to be read or told aloud. Each one centers on a magical being, some easily recognizable (giants, fairies, witches, sea people) and others less well-known and peculiar to the area, such as the Knackers who live deep within Cornish mines, the helpful Piskies, and the spiteful Spriggans. Every tale is preceded by an explanatory note about the magical creature that appears in it, followed by a page of local lore and folk sayings. Variations of familiar stories appear, such as "The Cornish Teeny-Tiny" and "Duffy and the Bucca," (the Bucca is a devil-like creature, but the devil himself "never crossed the Tamar River into Cornwall"). In an afterword, Climo credits the 19th-century collections of tales in which she found these stories and the old "droll-tellers" from whom they were originally collected. A glossary of Cornish words is appended, but there is no pronunciation guide. Full-color maps on the endpapers and Venti's atmospheric paintings that accompany each story round out a thoroughly pleasing folktale collection that will provide storytellers with lively variants of old favorites and interesting new selections to add to their repertoire. Children will enjoy these stories for their twists of plot and mischievous fairy folk.
Connie C. Rockman, Stratford Library Association, CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Storytellers and fans of international folktales will delight in this collection, which introduces piskies, spriggans, knackers, and other characters of classic Cornish lore. Drawn from stories collected by nineteenth-century English authors Robert Hunt and William Buttrell, Climo's retellings are fresh and creative, peppered with Cornish words and vernacular dialogue to capture a unique sense of place. "Duffy and Bucca," a Rumplestiltskin-esque tale of wits, and "The Cornish Teeny-Tiny" illustrate how familiar folktales become culturally specific; the romantic, cautionary "Mermaid of Zennor" reflects Cornwall's seacoastal associations and fishing history. Climo's sense of humor, timing, and detail will keep readers engaged and in suspense till each tale's satisfying conclusion. Anthony Bacon Venti's jewel-toned illustrations are expressive and modern, evocative of popular graphic-novel artwork. Each of the 10 tales is preceded by an introduction, and is followed by related myths and superstitions. From humorous to shivery, these fascinating stories of enchantment, which are enhanced by a general preface, author's note, glossary, and list of Cornish numbers and their magical significance, are a nice choice for international or Halloween story times. Shelle Rosenfeld
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