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“A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.”
Summary: This collection of eight folktales lets children explore the qualities we hope they learn (wisdom, wit, compassion, generosity) as well as those we don't (selfishness, greed, theft). This is an e-book collection of folktales from around the world that has a CD, too.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 3 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Started reading with child nearly 6 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: This CD of stories has been a constant companion for our child in more than a week. It has even trumped television as a choice for entertainment. The Selkie Bride is our child's favorite story, as the heroine returns to the sea.
Adult Reader Reaction: We have enjoyed the stories, although we would like to have more. The repetition of eight, some with very similar themes, gets a little monotonous after a while.
Pros: This collection of stories offers an excellent alternative to books (when parents can't sit to read) because children can still explore and visualize the stories.
Cons: The music used to introduce the CD and as part of the transition between stories can get overwhelming. It's like watching a TV show where you need to turn up the volume to hear dialogue, but then the music is too loud.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. At home it is a nice alternative to TV that you can share together (even if you are cooking dinner), and it is easily transported if you are on the road, too.
Educational Themes: The stories, on their face, offer lessons in life, character, ethics, and choices (not to mention attitude). The multicultural elements to the stories allow you to further explore fables and folktales within a culture or to explore stories with the same themes across cultures.
Notes: Parents' Choice Silver Honor winner. Also available for digital download.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fables and folklore, cultures and tradition, short stories, multicultural