Wisdom stories

by Joslin, Mary, 1953-

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 398 Jos
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 398 Jos
This collection is a treasure trove of the world's storytelling wisdom, ranging from the must-have favourites (Axe soup, Under the Banyan Tree) to lesser known stories that are at once compelling and unforgettable. 28 stories, re-told in Mary Joslin's elegant style are illustrated with eye-catching pictures, making this book a valuable addition to any bookshelf. Presented in a beautifully designed hardback cover, The Lion Book of Classic Wisdom Stories makes a thoughtful and lasting gift.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Although some of the stories here were also featured in The Lion Book of Wisdom Stories from around the World (2009), this more compact book has additional selections. The attractive volume compiles 28 global tales, some lighthearted, others dramatic and poignant. In the Ghana/West Indian Spider Learns a Lesson, Anansi wants the world's wisdom for himself, but he comes to appreciate sharing; in Poor Little Rich Girl, from Poland, a spoiled but lonely merchant's daughter learns the rewards of generosity and compassion. Other retellings include Axe Porridge, a Russian variation of Stone Soup ; Andersen's The Emperor's New Clothes ; and a suspenseful, slightly edgy Sioux legend about a family's unexpectedly perilous journey. Vibrant, intricately patterned illustrations incorporate exotic and fanciful elements, and the prose intersperses lively touches, including sound effects. Though the stories often feature cautionary and moral elements the consequences of greed or vanity; the value of resourcefulness they're more thoughtful than overbearing. There are a few inconsistencies, including in the identification of tale origins, and the book lacks supporting material, but it is overall a useful addition to collections of international stories and tales..--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Joslin (The Lion Book of Best-Loved Prayers) retells 28 stories from around the world, collected for "entertainment, inspiration, and subtle reproof." Readers may recognize some plots and characters-such as the emperor whose new clothes were no clothes at all-and enjoy less familiar figures, such as the little rich girl from Poland, who had everything she wanted except friends to play with her. These stories are told in straightforward prose; some, such as "The Story That Grew," feel truncated, but others, such as "The Boastful Turtle," trust readers to discover the moral, which is pleasant work. Balit (The Adventures of Odysseus) illustrates every page; purples, greens, and yellow-golds combine in rich, textured designs, reminiscent of cloisonne jewelry or pottery and fittingly folkloric in tone. Parents will enjoy reading these stories aloud, and children will absorb lessons about wisdom, told with kindness, humor, and simplicity. Instructive but not didactic tales, fables, and legends that teach by vivid example are the rule in this collection. Ages 7-9. (May) ? (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Lion Classic.
Subjects Wisdom -- Folklore.
Publisher Oxford :Lion Children's,2013
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Balit, Christina.
Language English
Description 128 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
ISBN 9780745963693 (hbk.)
0745963692 (hbk.)
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