A BOOK OF DWARFS by Ruth; Illus. Robin Jaques Manning-Sanders
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17 stories male another choice collection and a fine companion volume to last year's A book of Giants (1963, p. 554, J-186). There is one story from Arabia and one from Japan. The rest, as the Foreword points out, are part of a northerly heritage of stories about dwarfs and little people. Snow White, Thumbkin, The Cobbler and the Dwarfs are a few of the familiar tales included. Timimoto, the Japanese entry, starts out only two inches high and ends a handsome six footer after inhaling the last breath of an ogre he had slain while he was still tiny. Little Mukra, only as big as a five-year-old child, conquered space, time and his stature with a pair of magic slippers that whizzed him around Arabia. Whether the subjects are true dwarfs or as small and perfect as and The Hasel-Nut Child, they will all appeal to the child's fascination with the miniature. The stories read aloud with ease and the book should prove a good source for story-tellers.

Pub Date: Aug. 3rd, 1964
Publisher: Dutton