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by Cathy Spagnoli


School Library Journal:

An excellent sourcebook for storytellers, this collection offers tales that are humorous, witty, poignant, and scary, all related in a vivacious style. The opening chapters profile eight Asian tellers and describe various storytelling tools such as music and props; the back matter contains detailed source notes and motifs, as well as a list of publishers and resource centers that sell Asian toys, crafts, and music. The book includes folk tales, true stories, legends, verse, and jokes, all arranged under headings such as “Harmony and Friendship,” “Filial Piety and Respect for Elders,” and “Fantasy and the Supernatural.” While Japan, India, and Korea are each represented with six or more selections, there are but one or two for most Asian countries and only one piece from the Hmong people.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, Ages 0-8, Ages 9-12, Folklore, Teen