Mythical Birds and Beasts from Many Lands

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Ten magical tales depict special birds and animals from all over the world, including the Native American thunderbird who steals lovely women, the unicorn who can purify poison, and the Chinese golden dragon.

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From the British pair behind Magical Tales from Many Lands (1993) comes a sparkling collection teeming with monsters, myth, and magic. Mayo lends the oral cadence of a storyteller's voice to these tales of enchantment inhabited by unicorns, mermaids, dragons, and sea serpents. In place of the characteristic catalog of creatures, she skillfully fleshes out full stories about the phoenix rising from the ashes, the Native American Thunderbird, the Chinese dragon. Many are origin stories--the story of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, tells how music came to the world; a Scandinavian story about a giant sea serpent details the formation of the Orkney Islands, Iceland, and volcanoes. From the more familiar Greek myths to lesser-known Burmese folktales, heroic deeds, spells, wishes, and magic objects abound. All the stuff of imagination will engage readers and listeners alike, but those looking for happily-ever-afters will find revenge, greed, anger, and the wrath of the gods playing dramatic roles. Ray's gilded, collage-like tapestries splendidly capture these creatures of land, sea, sky, and elsewhere, in all their glory and ferocity. Framing both text and artwork are ornamental borders and sidebars decorated with motif-like shapes and images befitting the mythical qualities of the stories. (notes) (Folklore. 7-12) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Kindergarten-Grade 6. The creators of Magical Tales from Many Lands (Dutton, 1993) offer folktales and lore about mythical beasts, from unicorns, mermaids, and dragons to thunderbirds, nagas, and phoenixes. The 10 stories are from a variety of cultures and are narrated in an informal yet smooth storytelling style, often with light, effective touches of humor. Mayo makes a curious choice in her retelling of the story of the Minotaur, however; the princess Ariadne leaves Theseus due to seasickness. In most versions of the myth, Theseus abandons her under orders from one of the gods or goddesses. Mayo's source notes are virtually impeccable, incorporating information to enhance the story as well as at least one specific source for each story, except for the tale about the Minotaur. Ray's distinctive textured paintings are lush and full paged, with plenty of motifs, borders, and smaller illustrations scattered across the pages. The earthy palette adds mystery and magic to the text, and her restrained use of gold highlighting is, as always, highly effective. The large physical format with clear type and lots of white space is particularly appealing. Perfect for independent readers or reading aloud, this collection will also have wide appeal among storytellers.?Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
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