Search Results: "Robert D. San Souci"


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Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Comport casts Margaret as a long-necked, pale-skinned beauty with waves of red hair as fiery as her spirit. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
Another woman-turned-warrior tale, this time set in Ireland. Read full book review >

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SISTER TRICKSTERS by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The introduction summarizes the origin of the female trickster tale and helps to make this a first purchase for most libraries. (Folktales. 7-10, adult)"
Females, worthy foes of their male counterparts, are often absent from the body of trickster tales, but in this stellar collection, it's Molly Cottontail (aka Molly Hare) who takes center stage and matches wits with Mistah Slickry Sly-fox. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS ARK by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An adequate additional seasonal book. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Becalmed in a fog en route to join their forty-niner father in San Francisco, Tessie and Sarah are disappointed not to arrive in time for Christmas. Read full book review >

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MORE SHORT & SHIVERY by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The prolific San Souci has not managed to create a campfire classic in this book—even the most squeamish will remain unfazed. (Folklore/Fiction. 8-12)"
This collection reads more like a cultural anthropology text than a book of ghost stories. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET OF THE STONES by Robert D. San Souci

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AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT by Robert D. San Souci
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Daniel San Souci's detailed watercolor illustrations contribute to the quaint feel of this effort and lend it a bit of welcome emotional depth as well. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The talented San Souci brothers take on the Brothers Grimm's "Clever Elsie," and the result is an entirely new story which, though it retains the folksy quality and quirky absurdity of the original, recasts the characters, adds a moral and tidies up the ambiguous ending. Read full book review >

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NICHOLAS PIPE by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"San Souci may be invoking an old story, but he also frames a few timeless ideas about responsibility, tolerance, and that simple thing called love. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
San Souci (The Hired Hand, p. 649, etc.) notes that this story of the love between a merman and a woman of the land first saw the light of day as a 12th-century tale. Read full book review >

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THE BIRDS OF KILLINGSWORTH by Robert D. San Souci
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Without an adult's encouragement, however, young readers may not pick this up or stay with it on their own. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In contrast to the common tendency to set straightforward stories for children in rhyme, San Souci (The Silver Charm, below, etc.) has taken a narrative poem and set it in prose. Read full book review >

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CINDERELLA SKELETON by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"474, etc.) artwork is reminiscent of The Nightmare Before Christmas—perhaps that can't be helped when skeletons are the principals—but very much its own thing, with abundant cartoony comic licks and ghoulish creatures galore. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This fancy little piece of septet versifying works nicely as a vehicle to tell the story of the graveyard Cinderella. Read full book review >

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THE HIRED HAND by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"Inspired by a small Virginia anti-slavery town for its setting and drawing from 18th-century costume with the influence of European fairy-tale art, Pinkney works his magic by blending both character and drama with the hushed tones of history. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
An African-American folktale from Southern oral tradition, first recorded in the late 19th century. Read full book review >

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CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH by Robert D. San Souci
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 21, 1993

"Brief introduction by Jane Yolen; map; bibliography. (Folklore. 8+)"
A frequent author retells old stories and, in effect, fashions new ones to fill a void that—he says in his preface—he deplores. Read full book review >

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THE TSAR'S PROMISE by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

A simplified version of the Russian tale entitled ``King Kojata'' in Lang's Green Fairy Book. Read full book review >