Books by Amanda Hall

THE BAREFOOT BOOK OF JEWISH TALES by Shoshana Boyd Gelfand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A lovely collection that will inspire both discussion and contemplation. (references, sources) (Folk tales. 10-14)"
Judaism's long tradition of teaching through storytelling is affirmed in these eight tales steeped in ethics, morality and belief. Read full book review >
THE FANTASTIC JUNGLES OF HENRI ROUSSEAU by Michelle Markel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2012

"This lovely, child-friendly biography evokes and celebrates this fabulous naif. (author and illustrator notes) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A charming, affecting picture-book life of France's most celebrated naive painter—Henri Rousseau. Read full book review >
TALES FROM INDIA by Jamila Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Fresh versions of some very old stories, well suited to reading aloud (but practice the names first!). (Mythology. 10-12)"
Ten stories retold from Hindu myth, free of any broad cultural context but handsomely packaged and illustrated. Read full book review >
PRINCE OF THE BIRDS by Amanda  Hall
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Trimming Irving's elaborate language, Hall's version is still colorful and slightly exotic, and much more suited to its younger audience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hall's story follows its inspiration, Washington Irving's tale of the Pilgrim of Love from his Alhambra, and uses some familiar fairytale tropes. Read full book review >
THE STOLEN SUN by Amanda  Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"This, coupled with her unique perspective on a common theme, make the dramatic read-aloud an easy addition to multicultural collections. (Picture book/folktale. 5-9)"
Weaving together important themes in Native Alaskan culture, Hall (The Hard to Swallow Tale of Jonah and the Whale, not reviewed, etc.) creates a hauntingly original story. Read full book review >
SUN-DAY, MOON-DAY by Cherry Gilchrist
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 1998

"It hardly mars an otherwise lovely book. (Folklore. 8-12)"
A collection of ancient myths, one for each day of the week. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Hall's truly magnificent illustrations work overtime against the precious text to personalize the sweep and swirl of the world of these exotic animals. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Jaffrey (Market Days, 1995, etc.) presents a cycle of adventures in which Robi Dobi, an Indian elephant, benevolently allows small, troubled creatures to come into his ear where it is warm and safe and to venture forth with him to resolve their problems. Read full book review >
THE DIAL BOOK OF ANIMAL TALES by Naomi Adler
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Although this is a pretty package of tales, it has little to distinguish it from others already available. (Folklore. 6+)"
A British storyteller's collection of nine familiar tales gathered from around the world, from Australia to Thailand. ``Grandmother Spider,'' ``The Rabbit in the Moon,'' ``The Musicians of Bremen,'' ``The Monkey's Heart,'' and ``Sedna and King Gull'' are among the immediately recognizable tales. Read full book review >