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Describes the ancient techniques of silkmaking and the history of the Silk Road from China to Samarkand, and provides a selection of traditional tales from each stage of the journey
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Cherry Gilchrist has written several books for children, including Sun-day Moon-day - How the Week was Made (1998) and A Calendar of Festivals (1999). She has also written several titles for adults, and her special interest is myths and ancient traditions, such as alchemy and astrology. Cherry runs a business which specialises in Russian arts and she visits Russia regularly. She lives in Bath, England. Nilesh Mistry was born in Bombay and moved to London in 1975. He studied Illustration at Harrow School of Art And Central St. Martin's School of Art. Nilesh has illustrated the popular The Story of Divaali for Barefoot Books and lives in LondonFrom Library Journal:
Grade 2-4-Gilchrist has clearly done substantial research for this collection of folktales from countries along the ancient trade route. She has uncovered so much information to supplement the folklore that she includes an introduction; a character called the "Spirit of the Silk Road," whose two-page spiels preface each individual story; and two pages of facts at the end of the book. The result is a collection of seven tales, somewhat weighted down by the burden of explanatory matter. The stories themselves are unusual enough that libraries with large folklore collections or with a strong interest in Asia may want to purchase this title. A few of the selections are reminiscent of European or American variants. "Clever Ashik" is similar to the riddle-solving "Clever Gretchen" and the wish-granting "Magic Saddlebag" is like Jack's magic tablecloth in "Jack and the Northwest Wind." Other tales are more culture specific, such as "Monkey and the River Dragon" from China or "A Rainbow in Silk" from Uzbekistan. Gilchrist's writing is bland, showing little variation as she moves from people to people. Mistry's gouache paintings illuminate the costumes, architecture, and terrain along the way. An additional purchase.
Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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