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Tuck-Me-In Tales Hardcover – December 13, 2005
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-A delightful collection of folktales from five countries. MacDonald includes a section on how to tell each story for maximum effectiveness. Music is provided for the songs in "Snow Bunting's Lullaby" (from Siberia) and "Kanji-jo, the Nestlings" (from Liberia). "Counting Sheep" (from the British Isles) is "an endless tale" reminiscent of our own sleep-inducing games, and is, appropriately, the final selection. Davis's vivid watercolors are in keeping with the folk theme. Each page offers interesting extras such as ladybugs, butterflies, ferns, and flowers. People and animal characters all have sweet expressions. Readers' attention is drawn to the cultural aspects in "Chin Chin Kobokama" (from Japan) by showing Mariko and her parents in beautiful kimonos. The child's toys and dolls all reflect Japanese dress and culture. Patrons will enjoy sharing this book with their children and grandchildren.
Susan Garland, Maynard Public Library, MA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 3^-6. MacDonald's reputation as a fine storyteller, folklorist, and educator will draw attention to this heavily illustrated collection of five traditional bedtime stories. As in her resource books for adults, her retellings of these lesser-known tales from a multitude of cultures are simple and crisp. Her sensitivity to the needs of story spinners and teachers is evidenced by the inclusion of detailed source notes, suggestions for presenting the yarns to children, and (where appropriate) musical arrangements. However, the full-page paintings are too literal and elaborate, leaving little room for kids' own imagination (for instance, the song stolen by Raven in "Snow Bunting's Lullaby" is shown as a purple ribbon). The stories themselves are reassuring with strong rhymes and repetition, making them good for reading aloud. Julie Corsaro
Top customer reviews
I haven't heard the audio version, but it's a home run as a book. Much beloved and I'm buying another for our granddaughter.
Would be ok, though strange, for, say the car. If I had paid twenty bucks for this, I'd be bummed.
But I bet this lady is great at an event. Just not bedtime.