Thirteen tales for reading aloud, including both traditional and literary offerings. The best of these are already proven by...

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Thirteen tales for reading aloud, including both traditional and literary offerings. The best of these are already proven by time and are easily located elsewhere (e.g., Kipling's ""How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin""; Hamilton's Gunniwolf retelling--""A Wolf and Little Daughter""; and the Polish folktale ""A Hole in the Sky""). With the exception of Mahy's delightful ""The Strange Egg""--about a little girl who hatches a brontosaurus that saves her town from a flood--the remainder of the literary tales here are undistinguished. While Clark's lighthearted watercolors have child appeal and an eccentric charm, the messages in such stories as Partap Sharma's ""Ghabru and the Little Lie"" and Pearce's ""Lion at School"" lack subtlety. Expensive for such a mixed bag.

Pub Date: April 18, 1988

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 93

Publisher: Greenwillow

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 1988