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The blanket Joseph's grandfather made him is transformed into many things as the years go by: a jacket, a vest, a tie, a handkerchief--and finally a button. Gilman's modern adaptation and lively illustrations turn this favorite Jewish tale into a contemporary…

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All peoples have their own stories of how the Earth was created, what separated the land from the seas, and how the many animals, fish, and other creatures came to have their particular characteristics. The native tribes of North America are no different: they…

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Anansi the Spider is one of the great folk heroes of the world. He is a rogue, a mischief maker, and a wise, lovable creature who triumphs over larger foes. In this traditional Ashanti tale, Anansi sets out on a long, difficult journey. Threatened by Fish and…

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"The well-known author retells 24 black American folk tales in sure storytelling voice: animal tales, supernatural tales, fanciful and cautionary tales, and slave tales of freedom. All are beautifully readable. With the added attraction of 40 wonderfully…

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The perfect addition to every family’s home library and just right for sharing aloud, American Tall Tales introduces readers to America’s first folk heroes in nine wildly exaggerated and downright funny stories.   Here are Paul Bunyan, that…

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Heyer retells an engrossing Chinese folktale about an old woman who weaves exquisite brocades. Full-color illustrations.

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This 1922 classic about a toy rabbit that is loved by a Boy and eventually comes to life is illustrated in luminous color by Michael Hague.

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Before coming to Canada, while he was still an art teacher in Beijing, Song Nan Zhang traveled from Inner Mongolia east, south, and north to find and paint unusual scenes of Chinese family life. Here are the children who grow up in the saddle with their nomadic…

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How often do you get to try again when you’ve made the wrong choice? That’s the opportunity this series offers. Throughout each story, the reader determines what comes next Ð and how the story ends. Children can reevaluate their choices and try other options.…

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Summer on the prairies during the Depression years was not a vacation from school; it was hard work.

John Henry

by Julius Lester

|October 1, 1994

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Nothing can stop John Henry-no boulder, no mountain, and definitely no steam drill.  Newbery Honor winner Julius Lester writes with such power that this African-American folk hero becomes as awesome as a natural phenomenon.  Jerry Pinkney received a…

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"Culled from 69 stories collected in a [1930s] WPA project, [these 20] tales are organized into sections with themes like 'Tricksters' or 'Virtues and Vices,' each with a thoughtful introduction placing the individual stories in the context of feelings and…