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".

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"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 Road "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 Road "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 Road "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 Road

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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.

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