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The story tree : tales to read aloud
Lupton, Hugh.
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New York : Barefoot Books, 2001.
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64 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A collection of eight tales from various cultures, including The Little Red Hen; Monkey-See, Monkey-Do; The Three Billy Goats Gruff; and The Magic Porridge Pot.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 1.0 160184.
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PZ8.1.L9738 BAR 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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What a monkey sees, a monkey does. They all buried their faces in their hands and sobbed back at him.

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Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. In this fine looking, colorful anthology, Lupton retells seven stories from different cultures. Each is told in four double-page spreads (except "The Magic Porridge Pot," which is told in five). As the action in the story meanders along, children can follow the main characters along a path that wanders through the pages, a visual representation of the story's action. Illustrated in greens and blues and told in a folksy narrative voice, this book will work well as an introduction to such familiar stories as "The Little Red Hen" and "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" and to stories that are similar in theme to "Caps for Sale" and "Joseph Had an Overcoat." "The Magic Porridge Pot" (German) and "The Sweetest Song" (African American) are also included. Lupton's use of repetition in introducing and ending the tales will help engage very young listeners. Sources and acknowledgments are appended. --Kathy Broderick

Publisher's Weekly Review

The Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud by Hugh Lipton offers seven retellings from around the world. Some will be familiar to youngsters, such as the Norwegian "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." Others, such as "Little Lord Feather-Frock" from Russia and India's "Monkey-See, Monkey-Do," may be new. Lipton's text winds itself through Sophie Fatus's equally narrative illustrations, each with a different mood and palette. ( Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-The seven stories included in this collection are versions of oft-told folktales from around the world. "The Magic Porridge Pot" is similar to Tomie dePaola's Strega Nona (S & S, 1979), "Monkey-See, Monkey-Do" to Esphyr Slobodkina's Caps for Sale (HarperTrophy, 1987), and "The Sweetest Song" is adapted from Virginia Hamilton's The People Could Fly (Knopf, 1985). There are also versions of "The Blue Coat" (the Jewish folktale, "The Tailor") and "The Three Billy Goats Gruff." These retellings, with their repetitions and rhythmic language, reveal Lupton's background as a storyteller, and should appeal to young readers. While the illustrations aren't large enough for large-group viewing, children will appreciate Fatus's droll, childlike art, her strong sense of design, and the easy-to-read font. Sharp-eyed viewers may spot several minor flaws in the otherwise lively and appealing artwork. For example, while the text indicates that the troll "licked his gray lips with his red tongue," the illustrations clearly depict him with red lips, and the Little Red Hen is mainly brown. This book would work in early elementary classrooms as a supplementary reader, but is not a necessity for libraries that already own outstanding versions of these classic tales illustrated by well-known artists.-Laurie Edwards, Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.