Cover image for Asian tales and tellers / Cathy Spagnoli.
Asian tales and tellers / Cathy Spagnoli.
Spagnoli, Cathy.
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Publication Information:
Little Rock, Ark. : August House Publishers, [1998]

Physical Description:
202 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.4 7.0 49115.
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Central Library GR265 .S63 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this abundant and kaleidoscopic collection, Spagnoli includes stories from Japan, India, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Laos, Tibet, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Burma, and Nepal. After profiling modern Asian storytellers practicing traditional storytelling styles, she arranges the stories around dominant Asian themes such as Harmony and Friendship

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School Library Journal Review

An excellent sourcebook for storytellers, this collection offers tales that are humorous, witty, poignant, and scary, all related in a vivacious style. The opening chapters profile eight Asian tellers and describe various storytelling tools such as music and props; the back matter contains detailed source notes and motifs, as well as a list of publishers and resource centers that sell Asian toys, crafts, and music. The book includes folk tales, true stories, legends, verse, and jokes, all arranged under headings such as "Harmony and Friendship," "Filial Piety and Respect for Elders," and "Fantasy and the Supernatural." While Japan, India, and Korea are each represented with six or more selections, there are but one or two for most Asian countries and only one piece from the Hmong people.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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