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World Folk Tales retold by Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod, illus. Brent Larsen. Pub. Giltedge Publishing 2021. PR. Lighthouse

May 28, 2021 Comments off

This picture book of folk tales from fourteen different countries and cultures around the world is possibly the best collection of it’s type that I have read. In hard back picture book size it would be an essential purchase for school libraries and a classy book for the home with primary and intermediate age children and for adults too.

From folk tales we get lessons and wisdom and these 14 tales are full of both. Starting with a Maori legend of Rata’s Diosappearing Waka it puts Maori legends firmly on equal rating with legends from other cultures.

There is a Aboriginal legend of Dreamtime. a Greek legend of Arachne and Athena and others from India, Indonesia, Ireland, Scotland, Chile, Mongolia, USA, Brazil, Nigeria and my favourite from Turkey.

Each story is told on a two page spread splendidly illustrated by Brent Larsen. Pick it up read one and be bewildered with their brilliance.

A very classy publication. Miss this and you will kick yourself.

Starbird by Sharon King-Chai.

August 29, 2019 Comments off

starbirdStarbird by Sharon King-Chai. Pub. two Moons, Imprint MacMillan, 2019.

This beautifully presented sophisticated picture book has a message for all the World. Read it and find out what it is.

The powerful Moon king is proud when he has a daughter and he wants to give her the most wonderful gift imaginable. He decides to catch the one and only Starbird, duly does so and puts it in a cage so his daughter can hear the Starbird’s enchanting song.

The daughter sees how the Starbird suffers and lets it go. The Moon King is furious and hunts it high and low. Other creatures of the World shelter Starbird but the king is determined and has his way.

The recapture of Starbird has tragic consequences and the ending is sad.

Splendid illustrations especially of Starbird and of all the different environments of Earth. This will make you think.

For everyone but a great read-a-loud for juniors. Don’t miss this one you will kick yourself if you do.