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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: 15.2 x 3.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Most of the great human themes, from story telling itself through love, wisdom, and death are covered in this dazzling collection of tales . . . A delight for all readers."
--"Library Journal"

"A splendid folklore series"
--"The Washington Post"

"Most of the great human themes, from storytelling itself through love, wisdom, and death are covered in this dazzling collection of tales . . . A delight for all readers."
--"Library Journal"
"This handsome book, a feast of good reading, deserves a place in every home where there are children."
--"John Barklam Reviews
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"Be you storyteller or story reader, this wonderful folktale collection is not to be missed."
--Jim Trelease, author of "The Read-Aloud Handbook
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Praise for the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
""A splendid folklore series . . . "
--"The Washington Post"

Most of the great human themes, from storytelling itself through love, wisdom, and death are covered in this dazzling collection of tales . . . A delight for all readers.
"Library Journal"
"This handsome book, a feast of good reading, deserves a place in every home wherethere are children."
"John Barklam Reviews
"
"Be you storyteller or story reader, this wonderful folktale collection is not to be missed."
Jim Trelease, author of "The Read-Aloud Handbook
"
"
Praise for the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
" A splendid folklore series . . .
"The Washington Post""

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A one volume collection of 160 tales from over 40 cultures and traditions, containing both classics and lesser known tales.

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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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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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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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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 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.
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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
Format: Paperback
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.
7 of 7 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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource 11 Aug. 2008
By Ashley Yea - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of its kind 26 Feb. 2013
By Linda Lakshminarayanan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is my go-to book for storytelling for all ages. The stories are well-arranged, well-written, and cover the globe. There is something for everyone in this collection, whether the intended listeners are young or old. While you won't read these all in one sitting, you will find reason to go back to favorites often and thus will discuss neighboring gems that will soon become favorites too. Jane Yolen at her best.
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