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A world full of animal stories / written by Angela McAllister ; illustrated by Aitch.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Frances Lincoln Children's Books, [2017]

Physical Description:
127 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Africa: The ten little ostriches (Kenya) -- Why the cheetah's cheeks are stained with tears (Zulu) -- Why hippo lives in water (East Africa) --Ananse and the python (Ghana) -- The ants and the treasure (Nigeria) -- The leopard and the ram ( West Africa) -- Why the warthog is ugly (East Africa) -- Asia: The elephant and the blind men (India) -- The white butterfly (Japan) -- The country of the mice (Tibet) -- The farmer and the mule (India) -- The lion and the clever jackals (India) -- Urashima and the turtle (Japan) -- The nodding tiger -- (China) -- The legend of the panda (Tibet) -- How the jellyfish lost his bones (Japan) -- North America: Buffalo and Eagle wing (Blackfoot) -- Prarie wolf (Karuk) -- The mermaid of the Magdalenes (Canada) -- Why the swallow's tail is forked (Native American Indian) -- Rabbit and the moon man (Canada) -- Why the bear has a stumpy tail (Iroquois) -- The blind boy and the loon (Inuit) -- The first woodpecker (Native American Indian) -- The badger and the bear (Lakota) -- How the king of birds was chosen (Mayan) -- The bear prince (Mexico) -- Coyote and the turtle (Mexico) -- South America: The little frog of the stream (Peru) -- The song of the armadillo (Bolivia) -- The two viscachas (Argentina) -- The party in the sky (Brazil) -- How the beetles got their gorgeous coats (Brazil) -- Europe: The nightingale (Denmark) -- The three billy goats gruff (Norway) -- The owl of Cowlyd Coomb (Wales) -- King of the cats (Scotland) -- Dapplegrim (Norway) -- The eagle and the wren (Scotland) -- Saint Domnoc and the bees (Ireland) -- The three little pigs (England) -- Mighty Mikko (Finland) -- The speckled hen (France) -- The white parrot (Spain) -- The ugly duckling (Denmark) -- Australia and Oceania: How the kangaroo got her pouch (Australia) -- Nanaue, the shark boy (Hawaii) -- Paikea and Ruatapu (New Zealand) -- Emu and the brush turkey (Australia) -- How the flying fish lived in a tree (Papua New Guinea)
Retells fifty animal-themed tales from around the world.
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398.2252 MCA Book Junior Collection
398.2252 MCA Book Junior Collection

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Discover a menagerie of animals with this book that brings together 50 best-loved tales from all around the world!

Meet the Big Bad Wolf, the Ugly Duckling, and many other favorite characters from classic stories, myths, and legends in these fresh and vibrant re-tellings. Perfect for reading aloud!

Author Notes

Author and illustrator Angela McAllister has written over thirty books for children. She also has illustrated books of poetry, adult non-fiction, and some of her children's books. her works include: the Digory series of books, Mommy's Little Sunflowers, The Double Life of Cora Parry, The Tide Turner, Scaredy Ghost, Maggie's Meglasaurus and Mungo Moonboots.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a companion to A Year Full of Stories, McAllister compiles 50 folktales from around the world, retelling them in clear, straightforward prose. Grouped by continent, the stories offer light morals and "just-so" style explanations about animal characteristics and behavior: in "How the Jellyfish Lost His Bones," a rather grim Japanese tale in which the Dragon King who rules the sea removes Jellyfish's shell and leg bones as punishment after the creature fails to retrieve a monkey's liver to heal the queen. Readers will recognize European tales such as "The Three Little Pigs" and "The Ugly Duckling," but most of the international tales will likely be new to many children. Rich with imagery and magical happenings, this treasury offers plenty to captivate readers, and Aitch's pencil and watercolor art neatly bridges the stories' varied settings. Ages 6-9. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Mostly culled from early-twentieth century folklore collections, these accessible retellings are organized by region: Africa, Asia, North America, South America, and Australia and Oceania. The short tales, presented in small print in two columns, include familiar and lesser-known tales. The folkloric spot- and full-page illustrations are more decorative than dramatic. Bib. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.