Reviews for Book of Little Folk : Faery Stories and Poems from Around the World


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 August 1997
Gr. 3^-6, younger for reading aloud. Mills' collection of fairy tales from around the world can be read alone or aloud to young listeners, or it can be studied by fairy tale buffs. Following a foreword commending the cultural and psychological value of myths for children are 13 stories and 16 poems. The stories and accompanying color illustrations by the author are enchanting. Familiar favorites such as "The Elves and the Shoemaker" and "Tom Thumb" are included, as well as the lesser known Native American "Leelinau" and Hawaiian "Laka and the Menehunes." The poetry is interspersed throughout, adding interest to the stories and depth to the author's theory that there are common fairy themes across cultures. A bibliography and an afterword enhance the beautiful book. ((Reviewed Aug. 1997)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998
Published spring 1997. Twenty-nine stories and poems, some retellings and some original, feature elves, gnomes, dwarves, fairies, tomtens, and other wee folk. Selections from many times and places include Hans Christian Andersen's ""Thumbelina,"" ""hist whist"" by e. e. cummings, and the Ojibwa ""Leelinau,"" as well as stories from India, Russia, Africa, Ireland, and Korea. Pictures rendered in delicate, precise watercolors perfectly capture fairyland's fanciful inhabitants. A bibliography includes sources. Ind. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1997 November
K-Gr 4 This collection of 29 short stories, folktales, and poems dealing with faeries and other little folk spans many different cultures and periods of time. Selections from Shakespeare and Tennyson, Hans Christian Andersen, and e. e. cummings as well as Mayan, African, and Native American folklore are among those included. The similarity of themes across the ages and cultures is noted in the foreword, which compares many of the selections. With references to Joseph Campbell and Bruno Bettelheim, this introduction seems to be intended for adults. Some of the stories are given lively retellings, while others are preserved intact. A thorough bibliography lists general sources about faeries, citations for the poems, and the different versions consulted by the reteller. Charming illustrations in delicate watercolors appear on nearly every page and greatly enhance the book's appeal. Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

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