Nursery Tales Around the World by Judy Sierra and Stefano Vitale. 1996 first edition.


Retold and selected by Judy Sierra. Illustrated by Stefano Vitale. First edition, 1996. Clarion Books. New York.

"This is the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog
That worried the cat
That killed the rat
That ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built."

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"Nursery tales are strong in rhythm, rhyme, and repetition, and simple enough in structure for young listeners to understand and enjoy. These qualities are found in traditional tales from every part of the world. Certain basic story lines, too, transcend national boundaries. In this book, eighteen tales - some familiar, some less so - from different countries and peoples are grouped by six major themes: Runaway Cookies, Incredible Appetites, The Victory of the Smallest, Chain Tales, Slowpokes and Speedsters, and Fooling the Big Bad Wolf. The result is a rich and varied storytelling resource that also offers comparative insights into a number of cultures."

Judy Sierra (1945 - ) is an award-winning author of more than thirty books. Before writing full-time, she was a librarian, college professor, and puppeteer. Her work, often infused with humor and educational elements, includes the New York Times bestsellers "Wild About Books" and "Antarctic Antics". Sierra's unique rhythm and rhyme have drawn comparisons to Dr. Seuss and Mother Goose.

Stefano Vitale (1958 - ) is influenced by folk art, particularly from Mexico and Central America. His children's books include Why War Is Never a Good Idea by Alice Walker, When the Wind Stops by Charlotte Zolotow, and The Story of Easter by Aileen Fisher.
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Condition: Near Fine/Fine. Dust jacket: Only mild shelf wear. Illustrated cover boards are very lightly bumped at the lower corners and tail of the spine. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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