A collection of seven tales, from the familiar (""Jack and the Beanstalk"" from England and ""The Cyclops"" from Greece) to the obscure (""Kana the Stretching Wonder"" from Hawaii and ""The Cannibal's Wonderful Bird"" from South Africa). Each story starts with a full-page robustly realistic painting and ends with careful notes from Walker (Big Men, Big Country, also illustrated by Bernardin, 1993, etc.) about history and variants. A detailed bibliography of sources is included at the back. These well-told stories will please just about everyone: The large format works for story hours, the selection hits some multicultural notes, the interesting variations and source notes aid researchers.