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Subtitled ""An International Story Festival"" and selected by the Literature Committee, Association for Childhood Education International, this includes three short stories and ten excerpts from longer fiction, all first published in the late 1960s and early 1970s and chosen by the Committee for their ""realistic yet positive fictional views of life in other lands."" The accent is on the positive, and realistic isn't quite the word for most of these adventures--Ethiopian Tibeso's run-in with a cattle thief in Bodker's The Leopard, Argentinian Martin's proving himself in the traditional ""Horse Breaking"" event of Ellis' Roam the Wild Country, the Eskimo girl's courting of the tundra wolves in George's Julie of the Wolves, Ramon's finding the giant pearl off Baja, California, in O'Dell's The Black Pearl--but they are all good stories and strong in what used to be called local color. There are some younger, milder, more domestic adventures too--from Vestly's Hello Aurora (probably the weakest, least independent excerpt), de Jong's Far Out the Long Canal, and Uchida's Sumi and the Goat and the Tokyo Express. The Committee expects that ""a teacher with this tool will know how to bait children to read the whole from an attractive part,"" and that is probably what the anthology is best suited to do.

Pub Date: April 16th, 1979
Publisher: Greenwillow