FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE by Neil Philip

FAIRY TALES OF EASTERN EUROPE

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Age Range: 10 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Beginning with a brisk introduction concerning the unique aspects of Eastern European folklore, Philip (a British expert in folklore and children's literature) presents 22 stories told in a lively, colloquial style and ranging from brief Serbian creation myths to such long, formal tales as the familiar ``The Flying Ship,'' from the Ukraine. In a final section, Philip discusses the specific source for each story and cites others (often more familiar) with similar motifs. Wilkes provides an abundant number of watercolor and b&w illustrations; unfortunately, while some successfully depict a story's essence, others are way off the mark. Still, though the illustrations are uneven, the whole is pleasingly designed and carefully produced: a collection with high appeal both for children and those who enjoy sharing stories with them. Folklore. 10+)

Pub Date: Oct. 28th, 1991
ISBN: 0-395-57456-0
Page count: 157pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1991




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