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Tales Told in Tents: Stories from Central Asia Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 18, 2004

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Grade 2-4-In this unusual collection, tales involving magical beings and flying carpets appear alongside prosaic explanations for the invention of felt and a legend about the origins of Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan. There is a story about the Kazakhstan trickster Aldar-Kose and there are riddles from Uzbekistan to test the wits of young readers, such as "One eye and a sharp tooth" (answer: a needle). The selections are illustrated with primitive, full-color paintings done with a thick and exuberant brush. The cover art employs especially brilliant colors in its depiction of a rapt family seated around a samovar while an elderly man regales them with stories. By opening a window to folkloric traditions not previously explored in American children's books, Clayton provides much material to tantalize storytellers, listeners, and readers alike.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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Gr. 2-4. In 12 traditional stories from the nomadic cultures of Central Asia, folklorist Clayton retells myth and folklore she heard in Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. The lively tales include epic creation myths, rhyming riddles, trickster tales, songs, and stories of magic carpets and music. The large picture book is illustrated with richly colored line-and-watercolor paintings that evoke Central Asian traditional culture, with settings ranging from deserts and mountains to rivers and cities. In "Zarina's Orchard" from Tadjikistan, the longest and one of the best stories, a bold, brave young woman fights the Dev, a demon with one red eye and a long black tongue. The backmatter includes a map, a glossary, and informal notes about each story and its connections. A rich resource, even for older readers, this anthology has stories that travel across the world. Hazel Rochman
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Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B002N2XF1O
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Frances Lincoln Children's Books (November 18, 2004)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 64 pages
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.94 x 8.52 x 0.08 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 17 ratings

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