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Favorite Folktales from Around the World (The Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library) [Paperback]

Jane Yolen
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31 Mar 1997 The Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library
A one volume collection of 160 tales from over 40 cultures and traditions, containing both classics and lesser known tales.

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  • Paperback: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc; New edition edition (31 Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394751884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394751887
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Award-winning author Jane Yolen has written more than three hundred books, including Owl Moon, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and the New York Times bestselling How Do Dinosaurs . . . ? series. Her work has garnered some of the most prestigious awards in children s publishing. When she is not writing, Jane composes songs and works as a professional storyteller. She is the mother of three grown children and a grandmother of six. As a child, Jane was crazy about horses, though she knew only the ones who drew the hansom cabs in New York City s Central Park. But once her family moved to Connecticut, she got her chance to ride Lipizzaners, the great white airs aboveground horses. She has never forgotten the feeling of riding such powerful, beautiful, and well-trained steeds. Jane now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't imagine that this is a children's book... 10 Nov 1999
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It is most certainly not!! There is a lamentable tendency for publishers and libraries alike to treat so-called 'fairy' stories as children's stories. It is worth remembering that for thousands of years these stories were told by, for & to adults. Many of the stories would, no doubt, have been considered unsuitable for children at the time. It should be graven in the offices of publisher's and libraries (and Amazon!) that folktales are just that - tales of the folk, embodiments of myth, legend, religion & tradition; for instruction and education, as well as entertainment. I actually own this, and three others (French, Arabic and Japanese) in the series, and can vouch for the excellence of all. If you're not sufficiently interested in folktales to want to investigate the national/ethnic books, then this one is a superb collection of a wide assortment of tales - comic tales, tall tales, tales of death & loss, wonder tales, trickster tales, tales of every description. I thoroughly recommend it. Oh, and if you didn't believe the foregoing rant about 'fairy' tales, I can also recommend that you grab any opportunity to go and see (and hear) a competent storyteller tell (i.e. not read!). Then you'll understand why I am so adamant that this is a collection of ADULT stories!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 6 Mar 2013
By Ian S
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A great source book for storytellers with tales from all over the world and useful notes on each section, even if you don't tell stories this is a great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for storytellers 6 Feb 2012
By Lita
I purchased this book as I recognised some of the stories from storytellers I have heard. I wasn't disappointed- there's definitely a tale to suit everyone here. Arranged into themes and with tales from around the world. I've even had a go at re-telling a few of them myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beatiful folktales suitable for adults 11 Jan 2012
If you are still finding pleasure in reading fairytales then
this book won't dissapoint you. A great selection of tales from different
places and cultures. An enjoyable read at any age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like folktales, you'll want this book 29 Feb 2000
By P. Duffield - Published on Amazon.com
Not only is this collection marvelously diverse, but it's also incredibly easy to read. Though the tales still retain the feel of original storytelling, they do not have the awkward idiosyncracies you find in other texts with obscure (to the US) tales which have been litreally translated or transcribed. If you're tired of seeing the same tales in every book you find, get this one. It's a wonderful resource and just plain fun to own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I adored it. 12 Nov 2008
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I teach elementary school, and I originally got this book because I was instructing other teachers on how to incorporate multicultural folklore into their classrooms. However, this book ended up spending most of its time by my bedside. It is SO GOOD. I came across it by accident, but I totally love it, just as much as I love my anthology of original Grimm's fairy tales. If you have any interest in the nuances of folktales, and if you love looking for similarities between cultures, start here. It's amazing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for storytellers 8 Nov 2012
By William L. Bauer - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife is a storyteller with Spellbinders & she tells stories mainly to 5-year olds in the local schools. I ordered this book for her & she is thrilled with it. Great stories & not too long. Just right for the age group she tells to. It is a great addition to her collecton of stories.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource 11 Aug 2008
By Ashley Yea - Published on Amazon.com
I've had this book since I bought it at 13 and I absolutely love it. Since then, I have read this anthology several times over and know most of the stories by heart. While these stories are geared towards more of an adult audience, there are are also many stories in the book that are suitable for children. Buy this book and let it spark your imagination. Many countries are represented.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read!!! 9 Jun 2012
By G. Pouchie-Rankin - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely loved, loved, reading this book to my 3 kids. We borrowed from a highschool library and were late checking it back in. So, decided to order one for our home. The kids could not get enough of the stories. Some of them are sad, some hilarious and some just downright silly--but fun nontheless. If you like folktales, get this book, you will not be dissapointed.
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