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The Eight-year-old Legend Book [Paperback]

Isabel Wyatt , Katriona Chapman
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24 Sep 2009
This collection of stories is based upon tales told by the Buddha to his monks 2500 years ago. Isabel Wyatt's enchanting retelling conjures up a rich world of eastern legend, ruled by courtly kings and wise men, and populated by brave princes, faithful elephants and cunning monkeys. The stories tell of great adventures and heroes, of danger and courage, and most importantly of how wisdom and thoughtfulness always triumph over selfishness and greed. This anthology was compiled with children around the age of eight in mind - children who are embarking on more and more adventures in their own lives, and themselves learning to become clever and brave.

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (24 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863157130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863157134
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm a freelance illustrator, and I love creating illustrations that tell stories. I work with traditional media... watercolour, pencils and coloured pencils. I was born in London in 1978, but have travelled all over the world and lived in various different places including Brighton and Amsterdam. In 2001 I graduated from Goldsmiths College with a first class degree in Literature.

I do a lot of work in children's books, particularly in the fields of world cultures and myths & legends. I've worked with publishers in the UK, the US and Australia. I also self-publish my own hand-made art books, which I've sold online to every corner of the globe, under the name Tomatito Press!

I've exhibited in one of the Association of Illustrator's 'Best of contemporary British Illustration' exhibitions, and also in the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art and at the Shunt Vaults in London.

When not illustrating, I enjoy walking, cooking and watching the foxes in my garden.

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'For anyone who likes myths and folk tales, this book fulfills the need admirably...well worth buying' --Books for Keeps, no 179 'The stories are gently paced and good for reading aloud.' -- Janet Dowling, The School Librarian, Winter 2009 'A welcome change from the traditional stories we hear... The tales are refreshingly uncomplicated' -- Armadillo Magazine Online, December 2009

About the Author

Isabel Wyatt was born in England in 1901. She spent many years teaching young children and was then, until her retirement in 1965, co-director of studies at Hawkwood College in Gloucestershire. She compiled many books for children, including The Seven-Year-Old Wonder Book, Homer's Odyssey, King Beetle-Tamer and The Book of Fairy Princes. She died in 1992.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Some lovely stories 29 Nov 2010
By debjo60
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There are some lovely stories in the book, and they all end on a positive note! Our favourite was on the Little Sage who was a small boy with wisdom and common sense beyond his years. Perfect for bedtime reading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Keep Looking 31 Mar 2010
By Mark Newbold - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a rather insipid colorless retelling of some of the well known Jataka tales concerning the previous incarnations of the Buddha. Most are told as simple morality fables with animals as primary characters and thus often marketed to children. This collection was developed for use in Waldorf schools and are stripped of the exoticism and folkloric quality that make such tales fun for children and adults. Keep looking- there are far better collections of the Jataka tales available for children. Also, the illustrations are black & white, lack imagination and add nothing to the stories.
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