Books by Birgitta Saflund

STORIES OF THE FLOOD by Uma Krishnaswami
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"These tellings of deluge stories from many cultures are surprisingly—dry. (Stories/Folklore. 6-12)"
Newcomer Krishnaswami has adapted these great-flood tales with little regard for maintaining the distinctive qualities of each culture represented. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF YURIWAKA by Erik Haugaard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"An unusual multicultural contribution. (Folklore. 8-12)"
An introductory note explains that the story of Odysseus, as told in Japan by 16th-century European traders or missionaries, was adopted and became a ``native tale.'' Haugaard, an expatriate Dane well-known for his trenchant historical fiction (The Little Fishes, 1967), here joins his Japanese wife in retelling the result, which retains the epic's essential frame but omits the hero's lengthy, adventurous journey. Read full book review >