Search Results: "Margaret Read MacDonald"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 20, 1999

"These humorous, profound, deceptively simple tales are a welcome addition to world literature collections. (Folklore. 7-9)"
paper 0-208-02426-3 Earth Care (xx pp.; $26.50; paper $17.50; Nov. 20; 0-208-02416-6; 0-20802426-3): Talkative animals and plants scheme to protect themselves, punish evildoers, and reward the compassionate in these charming folktales from around the world. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

A veteran tale-spinner offers about 80 retold traditional tales, with an occasional original slipped in, designed to fill the bill when times or attention spans are short. Read full book review >

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PEACE TALES by Margaret Read--Adapt. MacDonald
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: July 15, 1992

"Multicultural index'' not seen. (Folklore. 4+)"
An interesting, useful collection of three dozen short stories and numerous proverbs, intended as discussion starters on war and peace, conflict and cooperation. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The telling is rich with a storyteller's voice and sound effects, while Valério's bright blues and yellows span the spreads with broad, brush strokes that mirror the setting of this symbiotic, ecology folktale. (source notes) (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
This third collaboration between author and illustrator (Conejito, 2006, and Go to Sleep, Gecko!, 2007) derives from Micronesia, specifically the Marshall Islands. Read full book review >

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GO TO SLEEP, GECKO! by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Valério's bright acrylics, full of goofy grins and exaggerated noses, highlight the humor of this bouncy ecological fable. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A Balinese folktale begins one starry night when the gecko complains to the elephant, who is the village boss, that he can't sleep because of the blinking of the fireflies. Read full book review >

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CONEJITO by Margaret Read MacDonald
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"A lively, and less violent, variation on Betsy Bang's Bengali version, The Old Woman and the Red Pumpkin (1975), illustrated by Molly Garrett Bang. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
MacDonald weaves context-translated Spanish and a simple campfire song into this easy-to-learn tale of a young rabbit who outwits three predators with some help from his canny Auntie. Read full book review >

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TUNJUR! TUNJUR! TUNJUR! by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"The tale has an oral quality that makes it easy to read or tell with repetitive phrases and lively rhythms. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
After a childless woman prays for a child, a cooking pot (tunjara in Arabic, leading to the sound of a rolling pot, "Tunjur! Read full book review >

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A HEN, A CHICK AND A STRING GUITAR by Margaret Read MacDonald
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"The colorful, folk-art style of the acrylic and pastel paintings echoes the simple, cheerful cacophony of the story. (audio CD) (Picture book. 2-6)"
Warning: This Chilean folktale-inspired read-aloud (and song) will have preschoolers oinking and mooing 'til the cows come home. Read full book review >

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MABELA THE CLEVER by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"The tale is somewhat moralizing at the end—'Limba grandparents say, ‘If a person is clever, it is because someone has taught them their cleverness' '—but children will respond nevertheless to this plucky little heroine who saves herself by her wits. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
"In the early times, some were clever and some were foolish. The Cat was one of the clever ones. Read full book review >

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PARTY CROC! by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"The importance of keeping promises is delivered with a hearty dose of humor, making this a book to return to. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-8)"
A jolly Zimbabwean folk tale teaches the importance of keeping promises. Read full book review >

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THE BOY FROM THE DRAGON PALACE by Margaret Read MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"MacDonald's lively retelling of this folktale is bound to fascinate kids; after all, who can resist a tale with a snot-nosed boy? (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
This Japanese variant of "The Fisherman and His Wife" features a poor flower seller and a snot-nosed boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"The endpapers depict each of the flowers along with their meanings, encouraging readers to return to the illustrations and the story in search of symbolic connections. (Picture book. 4-10)"
In this retelling of an English folktale with a Beauty and the Beast motif, a dog, having earned a reward for saving a man's life, claims the man's daughter as his prize. Read full book review >