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The Barefoot Book of Tropical Tales (Barefoot Collection)

Mama, Raouf

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ISBN 10: 190228321X / ISBN 13: 9781902283210
Published by Barefoot Books, 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed by Author(s) 190228321X Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by author. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 64 p. Contains: Illustrations. Barefoot Collection. Audience: Children/juvenile. signed by Mama. Bookseller Inventory # 0004022

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Title: The Barefoot Book of Tropical Tales (...

Publisher: Barefoot Books

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition. Illustrated..

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Lyrical text and witty illustrations impart traditional folktales from the Caribbean, Pacific islands, and Africa, which include curious and resourceful animals as well as memorable human characters.

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Grade 2-6-As children flip through these pages filled with lime greens, bright oranges, and sunny yellows, images of the tropics jump out-African drums, Puerto Rican fishing villages with red-tiled roofs, and palms along the Malaysian seashore. The illustrations and the page borders feature stylized motifs from various tropical areas to emphasize the cultures represented and to demonstrate the richness of the traditional art of these countries. The book begins with a Beninese variation of the traditional folktale in which an unlikely person, in this case an old woman at the bottom of the river, rewards an unfavored but kind boy. His greedy rival then demands a similar reward and gains a well-deserved punishment. This satisfying tale is followed by a number of animal stories in which weak creatures are pitted against merciless and clever ones, and the outcomes vary. In fact, in one story from Antigua, a clever but unlikable Anansi is outwitted by an even more cunning guinea hen. For the most part, the selections come directly from the oral tradition and were collected by Mama. His retellings are graceful and fluid, perfect for reading aloud and for storytelling. His source notes are informative and his introduction is excellent.
Barbara Scotto, Michael Driscoll School, Brookline, MA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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