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The Life and Death of the African Folktale in American Publishing


Walk into many a children’s room in a public library and then take a trip to Dewey Decimal number 398.2.  If the room is relatively old and has withstood regular weeding schedules then you may find yourself in a remarkably large folktale and fairytale section.  The titles, however, will probably be a bit on the […]

Review of the Day: On the Shoulder of a Giant by Neil Christopher

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On the Shoulder of a Giant: An Inuit Folktale By Neil Christopher Illustrated by Jim Nelson Inhabit Media $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-77227-002-0 Ages 4-7 On shelves now My daughter is afraid of giants. She’s three so this isn’t exactly out of the norm. However, it does cut out a portion of her potential reading material. Not […]

Review of the Day: The Fox and the Crow by Manasi Subramaniam


The Fox and the Crow By Manasi Subramaniam Illustrated by Culpeo S. Fox Karadi Tales $17.95 ISBN: 978-81-8190-303-7 Ages 4 and up On shelves now In the classic Aesop fable of The Fox and the Crow where do your loyalties lie? You remember the tale, don’t you? Long story short (or, rather, short story shorter) […]

Review of the Day: Never Forgotten by Patricia McKissack


Never Forgotten By Patricia C. McKissack Illustrated by Leon and Diane Dillon Schwartz & Wade $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84384-6 Ages 4 and up On shelves October 11, 2011 The more I read children’s literature the more I come to realize that my favorite books for kids are the ones that can take disparate facts, elements, and […]

Review of the Day: The Greedy Sparrow by Lucine Kasbarian


The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale By Lucine Kasbarian Illustrated by Maria Zaikina Marshall Cavendish Children $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-7614-5821-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. As a children’s librarian in New York City I am expected to have a full knowledge of existing children’s literature as it pertains, not just to the American publishing industry, but […]

Review of the Day: Trickster edited by Matt Dembicki


Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection Edited by Matt Dembicki Fulcrum Books $22.95 ISBN: 978-1-55591-724-1 Ages 9-12 On shelves now. This year I helped a committee come up with the 100 best books for children. This list has been produced for a while and each year we make sure to include a folk and […]

Review of the Day: Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs


Dust Devil By Anne Isaacs Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky Schwartz & Wade (an imprint of Random House) $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-86722-4 Ages 5-10 On shelves September 14, 2010 If Pippi Longstocking is a redhead known for her casual legwear, Angelica Longrider (or just “Angel” for short) would have to be considered her blatantly barefoot ginger-headed […]

Review of the Day: Joha Makes a Wish by Eric A. Kimmel

Joha Makes a Wish

Joha Makes a Wish: A Middle Eastern Tale By Eric A. Kimmel Illustrated by Omar Rayyan Marshall Cavendish $17.99 ISBN: 978-0-7614-5599-8 Ages 4-8 On shelves now There was a time, best beloved, when folktales and fairytales were common. Every other season they filled the publishers’ lists and librarians bought such books in droves. My own […]