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A FOREST OF STORIES

Author: Rina Singh

Illustrator: Helen Cann

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Publisher: Barefoot Books, ©2003

Material: paperback

Summary: Through their presence, trees give us strength, courage, wisdom. From the fragrant blossoms of the Kapok tree to the fruit of the pomegranate, folktales offer the legends of some of the world's most wonderful trees. This collection of tales from around the world describes the magical history of trees.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 12 and up

Age of Child: Read by student at Woodside Magnet High School for Arts and Communication (Newport News, VA)

Young Reader Reaction: This is a good book for anyone. This was cool. I liked the pictures. I liked how the stories were different. I picked this book because I could read it to my cousin, and I would read it again.

Adult Reader Reaction: It is hard to decide which is more captivating: the folktales or the illustrations. These stories beg to be read aloud. The author has mastered this genre, not only bringing to life traditional stories, but also writing one of her own.

Pros: This folktale collection captures classic stories of friendship, wisdom, and courage. The pictures add a lot to the book.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is classic bedtime reading and would be wonderful reading in a classroom setting.

If You Liked This Book, Try: The Stinky Cheese Man GRANDMOTHERS' STORIES; Wise Woman Tales from Many Cultures   TALES OF THE TOKOLOSHE   TELL ME A STORY 1: TIMELESS FOLKTALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Educational Themes: There is plenty to grow on with this book. The stories may encourage further study folklore traditions of the various cultures (Chinese, Guatemalan, Japanese, Indian, Nigerian, Moroccan, Jewish), or more history of the trees themselves (Cypress, Kapok, Chestnut, Cherry Blossom, Palm Tree, Fig Tree, Pomegranate).

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, society and cultures, myths

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2007, June 2008

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