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More Stories to Solve: Fifteen Folktales from Around the World Paperback – March 6, 2001

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-- Shannon and Sis again bring together a collection of folkloric riddles, replicating the previous format and success of their Stories to Solve (Greenwillow, 1985). Each of the 15 selections comes from a different culture, with the source usually identified in the text of the riddle or discernible from visual clues in the accompanying illustrations. Further information is provided at the end of the book. The tales vary in difficulty, although the answers are generally contained within the text. The weakest one involves a banker who cheats a Brahman; unlike the others, the solution lies in moral, rather than logical, reasoning. Sis's stylized pen-and-ink drawings support the stories and entertain. Overall, a satisfying gathering of brain teasers, sure to please riddle lovers and especially useful for teachers introducing the global village concept through world folklore. --Dorothy Houlihan, White Plains Public Library, NY
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Like Stories to Solve (1985), a collection of very brief riddle-stories, each with its solution given after a page turn. Like the Irish story about a lawyer who gets the devil to agree that his father will live as long as a candle stub ``lasts'' and then blows the candle out, most depend on trickery plus the clever use of logic. Practiced storytellers may enjoy embroidering Shannon's bare-bones versions; on the other hand, Sis provides elaborate settings, his quietly comical crosshatched drawings handsomely framing the text. An excellent addition to any collection. Notes on sources. (Folklore. 5-12) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. 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 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (March 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380732610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380732616
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I used this book as a summer activity for my kids a number of years ago. One story would be posted on the refrigerator, and left until solved. There was no pressure, and no help. It would just sit there and pique their curiosity. They loved it, and still ask me (10 years later) if there are any more. I'm glad there are sequels now!
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This sequel is worthy of its predecessor; it too consists of folktales, very concisely told, that in some sense are a riddle, a puzzle, a play on words ... These stories are presented as problems to solve.
A major strength of the book is the variety of sources of the tales - Korean, Liberian, Kasmiri, Russian, Bengali, Chilean, Mexican, Burmese; in fact many of the stories could have come from any of a number of cultures. The illustrations add to the interest of the book for its intended audience.
The only weakness is that it offer no alternative answers or requires knowledge that may not be familar to the reader. If children are reading the book independently, they may not have the confidence to recognize that their answer is a clever as the one given in the text.
This is a fun book that should be enjoyed by parent and child.
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This book consists of folktales, very concisely told, that in some sense are a riddle, a puzzle, a play on words ... These stories are presented as problems to solve.
A major strength of the book is the variety of sources of the tales - Tibetan, Aesop, Armenia, India, Grimm brothers, Ethiopian, Japan; in fact many of the stories could have come from any of a number of cultures. The illustrations add to the interest of the book for its intended audience.
The only weakness is that in only one case does it offer alternative answers. For example, in filling a room perfume works as well as light; if children are reading the book independently, they may not have the confidence to recognize that their answer is a clever as the one given in the text.
The stories are fun - parents and children should enjoy this.
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I just ordered several of these books to give as birthday gifts for my 9 year old daughter's friends, but I had to read through it before we gave them away. Now I may need to purchase one for our house! The stories were fun, interesting and challenging, but not so difficult that my daughter couldn't figure some out for herself. I agree with the previous review that it makes one "think outside the box" - and is a fun and valuable asset to any library!
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There are 14 stories, some of which are obscure, but all have a message.

There is the classic tale of a man having to transport a wolf , a goat, and a cabbage across a river without loss. His boat can only hold the man and one of the three items. If left together by the man, the wolf would eat the goat, or the goat would eat the cabbage. The book illustrates two different solutions, each taking seven trips to get everything across the river.

Another story is about two fathers and two sons who went fishing and everyone caught one fish. Three fish were caught in total -- how was this possible?

The book is illustrated and the writing is clear. My grandson enjoys the stories.
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This is a great book. We read the stories before bed. Some we can get and some we can't. The funny thing is, it's like an IQ test. If you don't get it the first time you read it, when you read it again 6 months later, you're not much more likely to figure out the answer.
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I read this to my third grade class and it really helps their critical thinking skills. The stories are so fun and sometimes I am stumped!
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A collection of short story riddles for children but even adults can have fun with this. A great activity to do with your child is even better. Read perhaps 1 a day with you kid and try to figure each one out. Some are logical, others are just plain silly. Either way you will have fun trying to figure them out.
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