HAUNTINGS by Margaret Hodges


Ghosts and Ghouls from Around the World
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Age Range: 10 - 12
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 Sixteen eerie tales, retold with varying success. Most compelling is ``Tiny Man,'' from ``Legends of the Cars'' (Folklore, 1891), a haunting tale reminiscent of ``The Buried Moon.'' An excerpt from Lagerlof's The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (1907) concerns a talking stork on Easter Eve, hardly a representative sample of this classic fantasy about a boy who is transformed into an elf and flies about on a wild goose. A prose version of the ballad ``Binnorie'' (``The Haunted Harp'') does little to make that story accessible or appealing to young readers. For the most part, a disappointing contribution from this fine storyteller. Sources; illustrations not seen. (Nonfiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-316-36796-6
Page count: 123pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1991


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