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Summary: In this collection of stories meant to be read aloud, the author shares his wisdom, experience, curiosity, and sense of humor with reader. Some of the stories may be familiar, but there are more than 60 enjoyable stories packed in this little book. These short stories offer tales that fall in that time-honored fable genre.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, early chapter, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader, remedial reader
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 8 and up
Interest Level: 7 to 10
Reading Level: 5
Age of Child: Reviewed by a student at North Junior High School, St. Cloud, MN, as part of the Use Your ABCs program.
Young Reader Reaction: I liked this book because it doesn't take long to read. It is also very enjoyable to read. I think children 8 to 11 would enjoy this book. I wanted to read this book because the cover looked cool and interesting. I thought it was going to be interesting from the first chapter. Some of the stories seemed like they may have been ancient tales. I like these kinds of books because I can read more than one story at a time.
Adult Reader Reaction: In reading these stories, it is easy to see that the author understands that kids find fables and zany stories interesting and amusing. He provides students with an opportunity to laugh and learn.
Pros: Young readers will enjoy these “read-aloud” stories. In the hands of a resourceful teacher, these stories amuse, delight, inspire, and educate kids. This is an excellent resource for the teacher and a fun read for students. Student review: This is fun to read and the little pictures on the side are fun.
Cons: None. Student reviewer: Some of the stories don't make that much sence (sic), and might be hard for kid to understand.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This book is filled with short stories, which will appeal to reluctant readers. The stories help the reader find answers to questions and concerns plaguing adolescents as they grow up in a very challenging world. As a fun book for kids and a resource for teachers, it is well worth the purchase. Student reviewer: Borrow. I don't think that I would purchase this book, but I did like it.
Educational Themes: This book is a conversation starter. You can talk about the stories themselves, fables as a genre, and humor as a way to communicate life lessons.
Notes: The Reading Tub, Inc. received an advance reader copy of this title. This was an unsolicited donation.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fables, folktales, short stories, storytelling
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2008, November 2009
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