The Young Oxford Book of Folk-tales

The Young Oxford Book of Folk-tales

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This is a collection of 35 folk-tales from all over the world. You'll meet ghosts, spirits, robbers, princesses, sharks and tigers; wealthy sultans and hungry peasants, fair maidens and cackling witches, rainbow birds and laughing fish. The stories are romantic, funny, sad, exciting, miraculous and exotic. They vary in style and content, from the familiar, such as "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" to the surprising, such as "Onyeye and King Olu Dotun's Daughter".show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 222 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0192781413
  • 9780192781413

Review quote

"As much a collection of master storytellers as it is of stories... Infused with a new energy and poetry to make the images fairly jump off the page... Culled from nearly every continent... The black-and-white illustrations are mostly decorative and restrained, and won't interfere with the pictures these brilliant tales paint... A volume of exceptional range."--Kirkus Reviews"The stories have their origins listed in footnotes, and they are enlivened with black-and-white illustrations; the language is properly cadenced and occasionally sings.... Libraries probably can't have too many of these collections."--Booklist"The stories are diverse not only in terms of origin, but also in their style and content. They include classics such as "The Tongue-cut Sparrow" (Japan) and "Vasilissa the Fair" (Russia), as well as more contemporary selections like "One Night in Paradise" (Italy)... This anthology will be most useful for libraries in need of culturally diverse folktales."--School Library Journal"Will please readers of all ages. It's a must for the classroom and library."--Yellow Brick Roadshow more

About Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley-Holland is well-known as a poet, broadcaster, and writer for children. He won the Carnegie Medal in 1985. For Oxford, he has written The Green Children and adapted Beowulf for children.show more

Review Text

Crossley-Holland's volume is as much a collection of master storytellers as it is of stories; among those whose energy and imagination make the stories memorable are Italo Calvino, Courlander, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Padraic Colum, and Richard Chase. The stories are shaped to be read aloud; Crossley-Holland's version of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin," for example, is infused with a new energy and poetry to make the images fairly jump off the page. In Roger Abraham's "Hankering for a Long Tale," a story about Brer Rabbit's attempt to bargain with God, the storyteller's voice is transparent enough to let the creativity and wit of the tale's origins show through. Culled from nearly every continent, the stories represent a range of moods, from silly to serious, scary to poetic. The black-and-white illustrations are mostly decorative and restrained, and won't interfere with the pictures these brilliant tales paint in readers' minds. For small collections or larger ones, this is a volume of exceptional range. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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