Reviews and Blog Posts: folktales

The darkest part of the forest

by Holly Black

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As long as most of the residents of Fairfold could remember there was a horned boy in a glass coffin in the woods and now he’s gone.  His disappearance starts a cycle of mysterious events, more mysterious than what usually happens in Fairfold.  Brother and sister, Ben and Hazel Evans...

Cinderella, the World Traveler

There’s been a lot of buzz about the new Cinderella movie that’s in theaters right now. But did you know that the story has been around for centuries? And that there are over 1,000 versions of the Cinderella story from all over the world?

Her name can be Cinderella, but she’s also been known as Rose, Yeh-Shen, Aschenputtel, Cendrillion, Jouanah, Nyasha, Teresa, Damura, Domitila, Pongi, and more.

Seven blind mice

by Ed Young

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A simple and fun pictorial retelling of the Indian folktale Blind Men and the Elephant. Seven mice, all different colors, touch different parts of the elephant and each has a different interpretation of what the elephant could be. Small sentences in large type will make this an appealing read for beginners...

No star too beautiful : Yiddish stories from 1382 to the present

by Joachim Neugroschel

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Fans of short story anthologies and Yiddish (and who isn't), will enjoy this survey of from 1382 to 2000. Rich with imagery and human foibles, the stories introduced me to a literary world I had not visited before.

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