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A twist in the tail : animal stories from around the world

by Hoffman, Mary, 1945-

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 5 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Non-Fiction Collection qj PZ8.1.H714 Tw 1998x
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Read me just one more! are the words certain to be heard each night as children pore over this collection of favorite animal tales from around the world. Each story is complete in just a few pages, making the collection an ideal choice for bedtime reading.Animal tales, always beloved by young children, can be found in most cultures. Best-selling author Mary Hoffman presents ten vibrant fables that capture the humor, wisdom, and richness of the culture from which they spring, and Jan Ormerod's sun-splashed illustrations provide a perfect complement.
A birthday surprise (An Anancy story from the Caribbean)
The fox and the crab have a race (China)
The bright blue jackal (India)
The wolf who loved sheep (A Los Nobos story from Cape Verde)
The magpie and the milk (Turkey)
The pelican and the fish (Malaysia)
The fox and the boastful brave (Iroquois story from North America)
The tortoise who rode an elephant (Yoruba story of Nigeria)
The very clever rabbit (Venezuela)
The animal who couldn't make up its mind (Australia).

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Two noted talents join forces to create an attractive, if not unique, collection of 10 folktales starring tricksters of land, sea and sky. The bulk of the stories, taken from Asia, Australia, North and South America and Africa, focus on bullies and braggarts who get their comeuppance (e.g., a fox who is proud of his quickness gets outsmarted by a slow but wily crab; a jackal king is overthrown after being tricked into revealing his true nature). Hoffman (Amazing Grace) departs from this theme toward the end of the volume with tales of pranksters who get away with, and even revel in, their bad behavior. The collection concludes with a pourquoi tale that seems out of sync with the rest of the stories. Although there is little in the style or substance of the retellings to evoke a sense of the tales' originating cultures, Hoffman chooses a uniformly clear, straightforward prose well-suited to capturing the attention of the target audience. Readers accustomed to Ormerod's (The Water Babies) soft watercolors may be surprised by these full-page and spot illustrations rendered with few, but sure, brushstrokes of bold, saturated color. Minimal source notes include several Internet sites, which are inaccessible or no longer in existence. A handsome volume, but one unlikely to stand out from the myriad other animal story collections. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Animals -- Folklore.
Publisher New York :Henry Holt,1998
Edition 1st American ed.
Contributors Ormerod, Jan.
Language English
Description 69 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 0805059466 :
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