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ALADDIN A Pop-Up Book
by Creative Publishing. Neat color illustrations. Condition: UNREAD 2002 Creative Publishing (Canada) padded hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ issued), no printing given. Content: This book features 5 pop-ups for these three scenes: Aladdin meets the evil sorcerer; finds the magic lamp; meets the Genie; proposes to the princess; Aladdin & the Princess fly off on the carpet. Cute! [1 copy available]
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Aladdin, Pop-Up

BEASTS OF MYTH AND MYSTERY
by Michael St. John Parker. Beautiful color illustrations by Andrew Jamieson. Condition: NEW 2007 Wessex (UK) soft cover, first prnting. Gilt lettering and design front cover. Content: Beasts and monsters, like ghoss, always exercise a peculiar fascination over the human mind, even though they embody terrors, horrors, matters from which we recoil. The exact origins of some of the bests of myth and mystry which have come to us from the ancient world have perhaps been lost in the mists of time. This selection of beasts of European myth and legend, however, gives a glimpse of the perilous world that lurked beyond the ordinary daily consciousness of the folk for whom these stories had great meaning. Many of the beasts described in this book have made their appearance in Rowling's Harry Potter stories, Lewis' Narnia stories, and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Questions welcome. [1 copy left]
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Beasts of Myth and Mystery, Mythology

THE BEE TREE
by Stephen Buchmann and Diana Cohn. Wonderful, detailed color illustrations by Paul Mirocha. Color maps. Condition: NEW 2007 Cinco Puntos paperback, first printing. Content: "Entomologist Stephen Buchmann and award-winning children's book author Diana Cohn present The Bee Tree, a stunning children's picturebook based on the real-life traditions of honey hunters of Malaysia's indigenous people, who use special techniques to collect honey from dangerous, 1-inch long giant honeybees of the rainforest. Though fierce, the giant wild honeybees are also a critical link of the rainforest's ecology, and are deeply respected by the honey hunters. The Bee Tree recounts the legend of Hitam Manis, a servant girl who became transformed into a bee, and tells of the many precautions honey hunters take to avoid being stung (such as collecting honey only on moonless nights, and sending sparks to the ground to lure away guardian bees from the honeycomb), all through the eyes of a young boy being schooled in ancient ways. Illustrator Paul Mirocha made five trips to Malaysia to perfectly capture the color, life, and near-magical wonder of the Malaysian rainforest and its bees in this wonderful picturebook, supplemented at the end with a section of amazing facts about Malaysia's rainforests, bee trees with up to one hundred bee honeycombs, and honey hunters." Questions welcome. [1 copy left]
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Bee Tree, Malaysia

THE BLACKSMITH AND THE DEVILS
retold by Maria Cristina Brusca and Tona Wilson. Nice color illustrations by Brusca. Condition: UNREAD, but perused on the shelf, 1993 1993 Henry Holt hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: Published simultaneously in Spanish and English editions, this dynamic Argentine folktale puts a new spin on the Faust legend. Juan Pobreza, a poor but generous blacksmith, does indeed sell his soul to the devil, but, scamp that he is, manages to outwit him not once but thrice, each time wangling a contract for 20 years of youth, riches and adventure. Unfortunately, there is no happy ending for Pobreza. Because he insulted St. Peter--"Shut up, you fat old idiot!"--he's unwelcome in heaven; and since the devil certainly doesn't want him either, he's doomed to wander the pampas forever. Brusca and Wilson's fresh retelling bristles with energy, and the vibrantly colored, angular illustrations mesh neatly with the yarn's larger-than-life nature. Ages 5-9. [1 copy available]
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The Blacksmith and the Devils, Chicano Kids

CHANCAY AND THE SECRET OF FIRE ( A Peruvian Folktale)
by Donald Charles. Beautiful, vivid color illustrations by the Author. Condition: NEW 1993 Whitebird hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: Fisherman Chancay is granted one favor by Tambo, a spirit who has appeared on Earth as a fish. When Chancay explains that his people are often cold and are afraid of the dark, Tambo challenges him to obtain the gift of fire. After surviving several tasks that the spirit devises, the man proves that he is not only kind but also strong and brave, and therefore ready to journey, with the loan of a condor's wings, to the Kingdom of the Sun and Moon where the secret of fire resides. There he must steal the Moon's golden mirror and, using one of the sun's rays, he successfully directs the light into a bundle of twigs and reeds to make fire. This is an original folktale in the pourquoi tradition and explains why we are able to see the Moon's reflection in water. The text is brisk, exciting, and graceful; Charles's brightly colored and highly stylized illustrations are eye-catching and have been inspired by artwork from pre-Columbian Peru. Useful, with many curricular applications. Ages K-4 [1 copy available]
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Chancay And the Secret of Fire, Pre-Columbian Peru

THE CHOCOLATE TREE: A Mayan Folktale (On My Own Folklore series)
by Linda Lowery and Richard Keep. Wonderful, vivid stylized color illustrations by Janice Lee Porter. Condition: NEW 2009 Millbrook Press soft cover, second printing. Content: Ever wonder where chocolate came from? We have the Mayan king Kukulkán to thank. Kukulkán is more than a king--he is also a god. One day he brings his people an amazing gift: a chocolate tree! But there is just one problem. Kukulkán's brother, Night Jaguar, doesn't want regular people to have chocolate. He thinks only gods should eat the tempting treat. Will Night Jaguar prevail? Or will the Mayans get to keep their chocolate tree? Ages 7+. Questions welcome. [2 copies left.]
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Chocolate Tree: Mayan Folktale

COYOTE IN LOVE
text & color illustrations by Mindy Dwyer. Condition: NEW 1997 Alaska Northwest Books hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), no printing given. Content: An "old tale of love and the way things came to be." When a child asks for a bedtime story, Mama tells about Coyote, who falls in love with a beautiful blue star and serenades her nightly. When the star laughs off Coyote's offer of marriage, he becomes desperate and grabs her from the tip of a mountain. She scolds him and pulls him through the sky, declares him a fool, and finally releases the frightened animal. He crashes into the top of a mountain, leaving a gaping hole, and cries enough tears to fill it, creating Crater Lake. An author's note explains the tale is based on one told by a Coquelle Indian storyteller. Readers will smile at Coyote's arrogance and the star's sassy rebuff. The illustrations are painted in vibrant purples, turquoises, and blues, offset by soft greens and yellows. Coyote's stylized figure reflects the pointed shape of his beloved star. The text, on the facing page, is surrounded by geometric borders of a similar palette, and important words are emphasized with color. I love this book! Grades 4 - up. [1 copy available.]
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Coyote In Love

CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH: American Women of Myth, Legend, and Tall Tale
collected & told by Robert D. San Souci. Wonderful B&W illustrations by Brian Pinkney. Intro by Jane Yolen. Condition: UNREAD 1994 Philomel large hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first impression. Light shelf wear scratches to "black cow" front DJ panel. Light edge wear to DJ. Interior perfect. Content: San Souci confines himself to North America and organizes his selections by region, moving from east to west. The women come from the Native American, African American, Mexican American, and Canadian traditions. Although they differ in many ways from their male counterparts, there are still tricksters, sweet talkers, and brave and strong protagonists like those found in hero stories. There has been some retelling, some modifications of dialects, some reshaping of open endings, but the plots have not been tampered with. Each story is illustrated with an engraving of some sort, with black background and white lines that give the pictures an antique quality like a woodcut or copper engraving. Notes on the stories and an extensive list of further reading are appended. An impressive and gratifying collection that's a cut above other such compilations. Stories: The Star Maiden; Bess Call, Drop Star, Molly Cottontail, Annie Christmas, Susanna and Simon, Sal Fink, Sweet Betsy from Pike, Old Sally Cato, Pale-faced Lightning, Pohaha, Sister Fox & Brother Coyote, Hekeke, Otoobah, Hiiaka. Includes sources and bibliography. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Cut From the Same Cloth, American Women Folklore,

D'AULAIRES' BOOK OF GREEK MYTHS
collected & told & illustrated by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire. Sepia, B&W and color illustrations. Condition: UNREAD, BUT NOT PERFECT, 1962 edition Dougleday Yearling huge paperback, 13th printing, c. 1992. Shelf-wear pale Diagonal crease front cover fore edge to bottom edge. Diagonal "near-crease" back cover. Interior clean & tight. Content: No education is complete without a large slice of Greek mythology. And there's no better way of meeting that literary quota than with the D'Aulaires' book. All the great gods and goddesses of ancient Greece are depicted in this big, beautiful classic, lovingly illustrated and skillfully told. Young readers will be dazzled by mighty Zeus, lord of the universe; stirred by elegant Athena, goddess of wisdom; intimidated by powerful Hera, queen of Olympus; and chilled by moody Poseidon, ruler of the sea. These often impetuous immortals flounce and frolic, get indiscreet, and get even. From petty squabbles to heroic deeds, their actions cover the range of godly--and mortal--personalities. The D'Aulaires' illustrations have a memorable quality: once pored over, they will never leave the minds of the viewer. Decades later, the name Gaea will still evoke the soft green picture of lovely Mother Earth, her body hills and valleys and her eyes blue lakes reflecting the stars of her husband, Uranus the sky. No child is too young to appreciate the myths that have built the foundation for much of the world's art and literature over the centuries. This introduction to mythology is a treasure. (Ages 10 to adult) Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Children's Mythology

THE DAY THE STONES WALKED (A Story of Easter Island)
by T.A. Barron. Wonderful color illustrations and cover art by William Low. Condition: NEW 2007 Philomel hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: Reviewer: "In an essential Note at the end of the book T. A. Barron writes that when he visited the great carved faces of Easter Island he "had no idea that the stones themselves would tell me a story." And it is a profoundly moving story that young and old will ponder and return to. Young Pico is the child of one of the great carvers of Easter Island at the height of its former glory. Pico's father believes that the gigantic heads--the moai--can come to life and help people in time of trouble. Pico does not take this seriously until he is caught by a huge wave--larger than a mountain. Overwhelmed by the power of the ocean, Pico becomes aware of voices "deeper than the sea itself" while the wave displaces even the great carved stones. In this moment the boy discovers his spiritual connection to his people--and survives. But in many ways, his island is already declining, even without the "help" of the violent wave. The tsunami is a matter of archeological record, one still remembered by present-day spirit-singers of Easter Island. But there is more to the story than this--at one time, Easter Island was covered with subtropical forest that supported a much more complex culture than it does nowadays. The people used the forest for everything, and in time it was exhausted, along with the plants and animals that lived there. Without the forests, the Easter Islanders and their achievements dwindled as well. Barron rightly hopes that readers can learn from the experience of Easter Island. "Kids need to know the truth," he remarks. Indeed, this book makes the truth very compelling, although for me, the spiritual connection with the great carvings may be the most enduring impression." [Excellent book!!!] Ages 4 - 8+. [2 copies available]
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Day the Stones Walked, Easter Island Story

THE EMPEROR AND THE KITE
by Jane Yolen. Neat color illustrations by Ed Young. Condition: UNREAD 1988 McGraw Hill soft cover (stapled wraps), 2nd printing. Content: Reviewer: "This book shows us that even (seemingly) small, insignificant individuals can accomplish great deeds and challenges us not to underestimate anyone's capabilities. The story, by Jane Yolen, takes place in ancient China and tells of a tiny princess, not much thought of by her family, who uses her intellect, creativity, and skill to save her father, the emperor, held hostage by kidnappers. The text of the story is lengthy (many pages have ten or more lines of text) and more explanatory than descriptive. The illustrations, done in multi-colored paper cuts, bring the text to life, depicting the most dramatic moments of the story. The illustrations stretch across both pages and often bleed off the edge. Despite their exquisite detail, the illustrations are flat and float in the white space of the page, without any sense of depth or context." Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Emperor and the Kite, Jane Yolen

FAVORITE GREEK MYTHS
retold by Mary Pope Osborne. Beautiful color illustrations and B&W drawings by Troy Howell. Condition: NEW 1990 Scholastic edition soft cover, 14th printing. Light edge wear bottom cover edge with very light shelf wear. Interior perfect. Content: This handsome collection consists of a dozen tales from Greek mythology, most drawn from Ovid's Metamorphoses , including the stories of Echo and Narcissus, Ceres and Proserpine, Cupid and Psyche, King Midas. Osborne's retellings are both lively and descriptive, while Howell's full-color, often iridescent illustrations set the scene and mood at the start of each tale. Taken together, they provide a solid and highly readable introduction to the major Greco-Roman gods and goddesses and the myths that have profoundly shaped Western thought and literature. Helpful back-matter includes a list of key characters, partial lexicon of modern words drawn from the myths, bibliography and index. Ages 7-11. Myths: Chariot of the Sun God (Phaeton & Helios; Golden Touch (Bacchus & King Midas); Lost At Sea (Ceyx & Alycone); Weaving Contest (Minerva & Arachne); Apollo's Tree (Apollo & Daphne); Face in the Pool (Echo & Narcissus); Kidnapping (Ceres & Proserpina); Great Bear (Callisto & Arcus); Journey to Underworld (Orpheus & Eurydice); Golden Apples (Atalanta & Hippomenes); Four Tasks (Cupid & Psyche); Mysterious Visitors (Baucis & Philemon); God, Goddesses, & Mortals; Modern Words with Greek Origins; and Bibliography. Questions welcome. [1 copy left]
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Favorite Greek Myths, Mary Pope Osborne

FAVORITE GREEK MYTHS
retold by Mary Pope Osborne. Beautiful color illustrations and B&W drawings by Troy Howell. Condition: UNREAD, BUT NOT PERFECT, 1990 Scholastic edition soft cover, 51st printing. Library check-out card inside front cover - NEVER shelved and no library markings. . Interior perfect. Content: This handsome collection consists of a dozen tales from Greek mythology, most drawn from Ovid's Metamorphoses , including the stories of Echo and Narcissus, Ceres and Proserpine, Cupid and Psyche, King Midas. Osborne's retellings are both lively and descriptive, while Howell's full-color, often iridescent illustrations set the scene and mood at the start of each tale. Taken together, they provide a solid and highly readable introduction to the major Greco-Roman gods and goddesses and the myths that have profoundly shaped Western thought and literature. Helpful back-matter includes a list of key characters, partial lexicon of modern words drawn from the myths, bibliography and index. Ages 7-11. Myths: Chariot of the Sun God (Phaeton & Helios; Golden Touch (Bacchus & King Midas); Lost At Sea (Ceyx & Alycone); Weaving Contest (Minerva & Arachne); Apollo's Tree (Apollo & Daphne); Face in the Pool (Echo & Narcissus); Kidnapping (Ceres & Proserpina); Great Bear (Callisto & Arcus); Journey to Underworld (Orpheus & Eurydice); Golden Apples (Atalanta & Hippomenes); Four Tasks (Cupid & Psyche); Mysterious Visitors (Baucis & Philemon); God, Goddesses, & Mortals; Modern Words with Greek Origins; and Bibliography. Questions welcome. [1 copy left]
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Favorite Greek Myths, Mary Pope Osborne

THE FOX AND THE CAT: Kevin Crossley-Holland's Animal Tales from Grimm
new translation by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Adorable color illustrations by Susan Varley. Condition: Pre-read 1986 Lothrop, Lee hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first US edition, first printing. Problems: name marked out on loose end page and a light stain inside bottom front cover, most likely water. Content: The 11 tales in this slim volume, translated directly from the Grimm brothers' Kinder- und Hausmarchen, deal with a wide assortment of animalsfaithful dogs, deceitful cats, clever hedgehogs and greedy wolves. Well-known favorites such as "The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids" and "The Bremen Town Musicians" are included, along with the lesser-known "The Fox and the Horse," "The Cat and Mouse in Partnership" and "The Hare and the Hedgehog." Great attention has been paid to duplicating the tone of the original versions; as a result, the language of the stories is colloquial without being condescending. The detailed watercolor and ink illustrations reflect the warmth and humor of the tales. The stories are available in other editions of the Grimms' tales, yet this volume still deserves a place in folklore collections. Grades 4 - 7. Questions welcome. [1 copy only]
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Foc and Cat, Grimm Tales

GIANT TALES
by Fiona Waters. Beautiful, soft color illustrations by Amanda Hall. Condition: NEW 2004 Chrysalis large hardcover (pictorial boards - [11.6 x 9.7 x 0.6 (96 pages)], & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: Myths and legends of giants appear in many different cultures, and acclaimed anthologist Fiona Waters has gathered together a selection of her favorites here: giants friendly and frightening, bumbling and brave, male and female — and the inevitable escapades and adventures that ensue. From Cornwall to Jamaica, Italy to North America, and many places in between, giants stride across the world and leave huge legends behind them. Amanda Hall's stunning artwork is highly decorative and carefully researched. Stories: Mighty Mountain (Japan); Giant Sisters & Silver Swan (Europe); Feathered Ogre (Italy); Small Abdul, the Ogress, and the Caliph's Daughter (Arabia); How Coyote Escaped From the Giant (Native America); Thor Visits the Land of the Giants (Norse); Old Man and the Beanstalk (Greece); Soliday and the Giant Man Crow (Jamaica); Giant of St. Michael's Mount (England); Tale of the Tsarevna and Seven Giants (Russia); and Sources of the Stories. Excellent. Ages 4 - 8. [1 copy available]
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Giant Tales, Children's Folklore

GODDESSES, HEROES AND SHAMANS: The Young People's Guide to World Mythology
by Cynthia O'Neil, et al. (editors) Great color illustrations throughout. Condition: UNREAD 1999 Scholastic large paperback, first printing. Loaded with color illustrations. Covers all of the essential ancient civilizations plus some. Includes ancient American mythology. Content: The great myths and legends of the ancient world continue to capture the imaginations of children. With this unique wide-ranging reference, they will learn why myths developed and explore the common themes that are echoed across cultural and geographic boundaries. Fully cross-referenced, the book covers cultures and diverse as Siberia, India and the Amazon, as well as the more familiar civilizations of Greece, Rome, and the Americans. Includes a glossary of more than 600 mythical characters. Perfect for home schooling or public school libraries. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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World Mythology for Kids

THE GOLDEN PEAR
written & illustrated by Helen Ward. Colorful and intersting illustrations. Condition: Gently pre-read 1991 Ideals Children's Books hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. No problems, just pre-read. Content: A wizard living alone and friendless waits for a magical pear tree to bear its golden gruit - only to witness its theft by a greedy crow. His quest to recover the stolen pear lasts a lifetime, and takes him to the end of the land where he finds friendshp and learns the fate of the missing pear. Questions welcome. [1 copy available.]
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Golden Pear, Helen Ward

GOLDEN TALES: Myths, Legends and Folktales from Latin America
by Lulu Delacre. Wonderful color illustrations by the Author. Condition: NEW 2001 Scholastic soft cover, first printing. Very very light shelf wear. Content: Four cultures and 13 countries feature in this handsome volume. Each section begins with a brief description of the culture of origin and an appendix provides sources for the myths; the stories are embellished with oil paintings and traditional motifs. Ages 8-up. The principal strength of this collection is that it mingles traditional creation myths and ethnic folktales with stories that show the Spanish influence in the Caribbean and Mexico. The tales that come from Colombia and the areas encompassed by the Inca Empire are more traditional. An introduction gives background on the Taino, Zapotec, Muisca, and Inca civilizations. Each of the four sections, one for each group, begins with a one-page description of their histories. The type font is attractive, and the pages are open and easy to read. There are ample full-color illustrations of average quality for each story and a good map of Latin America that shows the areas each tribe inhabited. Excellent source notes and a good pronunciation guide round out the volume. Tales from the Incas to the Taino to El Dorado. All ages. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Golden Tales, Myths Latin America

THE GRASSHOPPER'S SONG: An Aesop's Fable Revisited
by Nikki Giovanni. Wonderful color illustrations by Chris Raschka. Condition: NEW 2008 Candlewick hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Tiny shelf wear to top DJ edge. Content: This is an updated version of Aesop's fable! Artfully retold by a renowned poet and illustrated with energy and charm by a Caldecott Medalist, this twist on an Aesop fable is as witty as it is satisfying. Every year the Grasshoppers sing and play their instruments and the Ants work in rhythm to the music. The crops come up smoothly, and the Ants bring in the harvest to the Grasshoppers’ beat. But when winter comes, the Ants turn their backs on the Grasshoppers, and Jimmy Grasshopper finds this unfair. He’s hired Robin, Robin, Robin, and Wren to sue Abigail and Nestor Ant for what he deserves — R-E-S-P-E-C-T — and a one-half share of the harvest. But will a jury of his peers agree about the worth of art? Ages 10+. Questions welcome. [2 copies available]
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Grasshopper's Song, Aesop Fable

THE GREAT BEAR
by Libby Gleeson. Beautiful esoteric color illustrations by Armin Greder. Condition: NEW 2011 Candlewick Press hard cover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: The spare, emotionally powerful story of a circus bear who finally breaks free is told with simple narration and intense, expressive illustrations. Once there was a dancing circus bear who spent her days in a cold, hard cage. Each night she was led to the town square, where acrobats, trapeze artists, and clowns performed for a boisterous crowd. The bear performed, too, year in and year out, lifting her feet and swaying to the music of trumpets, drums, and cymbals. As she danced, some people clapped, and many poked her with sticks or threw stones. One night, however, the bear did not dance. She stood very still. And then she let out a mighty roar. . . . This deeply affecting tale of a bear who escapes cruelty to find a mythical release will resonate with all who love animals, while offering a universal message about freedom and dignity. Lovely. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Great Bear, Ursa Major
Great Bear, Ursa Major

THE GREAT CANOE: A Karina Legend
by Maria Elena Maggi. Beautiful historically accurate color illustrations by Gloria Calderon. Translation by Elisa Amado. Condition: NEW 2001 Groundwood hard cover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), English language translation. Tiny edge wear to DJ top and bottom spine. Content: A long time ago, Kaputano, dweller of the heavens, warned that a great rain was coming. He urged the Karinas to help him build a canoe and gather seeds and animals, but only four couples agreed to help. Soon, the rains covered even the tallest trees. When the waters finally receded, Kaputano created a landscape of marshes, rivers, mountains, and trees to ensure that the tribe would prosper. In this tale of the Kari-a people of Venezuela, Kaputano, the Sky Dweller, warns of a great rain that will soon fall. Only four couples believe his words and help construct a huge canoe. After taking two of each kind of animal plus seeds from all the plants, they board the vessel and ride out the storm. The rest of the people and animals perish in the rising waves. After the waters subside, Kaputano creates a luxuriant new world for the survivors, whose descendants celebrate its riches. Parallels to "Noah's Ark" are obvious and could lead to interesting comparisons, especially if one drew in additional versions from other cultures. However, Calderon's striking illustrations are worth considering on their own merits. The majestic opening panorama sets the story in mythic time. The impending storm and powerful waves capture the intensity of the destruction while the verdant landscapes display the abundance of post-deluge life. A stunning example of a familiar story in an unfamiliar setting. Grades 1 - 5. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Great Canoe, Karina Legend

THE GREATEST TREASURE
text and wonderful color illustrations by Demi. Condition: UNREAD 2001 Harcourt Brace large soft cover, second printing. Intended as a school supplemental reading book. Tiny edge wear. Content: This picture-book adaptation of a Chinese folktale included in Wolfram Eberhard's scholarly collection The Folktales of China. Originally titled "Money Makes Cares," the story contrasts a wealthy man, Pang, with a poor one, Li. Pang is so busy counting his money that he has no time to play with his five sons or enjoy life. Li, his neighbor, works his small farm, yet also plays the flute so that his five daughters can sing and dance. Pang, disturbed by their music and laughter, gives Li a bag of gold coins. As Pang expects, Li becomes obsessed with counting the money and thinking of ways to spend it. For a time, the music and laughter are stilled. Then Li's wife recalls a proverb, "He who has heaven in his heart is never poor," which inspires Li to return the money and give Pang another gift as well. A small note identifies the reteller's source as Leslie Bonnet's Chinese Folk and Fairy Tales (Putnam, 1958; o.p.) While the earlier tales portrayed the rich man as a workaholic manager, Demi casts him as a miser, downplays the role of his wife, and makes the children important supporting actors. Her small decorative figures enact the story inside one circular frame per page. The artwork, executed with Chinese brushes in bright colors, subtly evokes 18th-century European porcelain plates. Lovely. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Greatest Treasure, Demi, Chinese Folktale

GREEN TALES
written and illustrated by Beatrice Tanaka. Beautiful, detailed color illustrations. Condition: UNREAD 1994 Four Walls Eight Windows hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Short "repaired" tear top edge back DJ panel. Interior clean & tight. Content: Magical tales for youngsters from around the world: The Sowers (India); Tane of the Forests (Maori); Yggdrasil (Viking); Happiness (Ladakh, Himalayas); Tree of Darkness (Diagga, Africa); How People Came to Be (Mayas); The Buffalo (Vietnam); and The Milk of Mercy (China). Excellent! [1 copy available.]
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Green Tales, Children's World Myths

HAWAIIAN LEGENDS OF TRICKSTERS AND RIDDLERS
by Vivian L. Thompson. Wonderful two-tone illustrations by Patricia A. Wozniak. Condition: NEW 2005 Univ. of Hawaii Press Trade Paperback, 4th printing. Tiny tiny edge wear. Content: A collection of twelve Hawaiian tales about island men who became tricksters in order to survive and others who became riddlers in order to win a place in their society. Contents: Flying Spirits of Niihau; Weary Spirits of Lanai; King of Restless Sea; Contest with Skillful Spirits; Spirit Who Danced; Riddler on the Hill; Hog Child Plays Tricks; Chiefess and a Riddle; Maui-the-Trickster; Riddling Chief of Puna; Iwa the Crafty One; Riddling Youngster; Glossary; Bibliogrpahy. Excellent! [1 copy available.]
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Hawaiian Legends of Tricksters & Riddlers, Thompson

HAWAIIAN MYTHS OF EARTH, SEA, AND SKY
by Vivian L. Thompson. Wonderful sepia-tone illustrations by Marilyn Kahalewai. Condition: NEW 2002 Univ. of Hawaii Press Trade Paperback, 9th printing. Tiny tiny edge wear. Content: When storytellers of ancient Hawaii gathered by the light of candlenut torches, they told tales that explained the world around them. These tales described how the gods created the earth and its life, how the stars were created, and why the days are longer in summer. Other stories recounted the pranks of Kamapuaa the Pig-Man, the origin of the tapa tree, the death of the monster reptile mo-o, and the home of the volcano goddess, Pele. From this rich body of mythology, the author has drawn 12 myths: Time of Deep Darkness, Battle Nobody Won; Spears of Lightning; Strange Sled Race; Lost Sun, Moon, and Stars; Shark in the Milky Way; A Kupua Plays Tricks; Gift of the Hairy One; Maui Traps Sun; Monster Mo-o; Calabash of the Winds; Woman in the Moon; Glossary; Bibliography. Excellent! [1 copy available.]
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Hawaiian Myths of Earth, sea, & Sky, Thompson

HERCULES AND OTHER GREEK MYTHS
by Mark Gave. Lovely color illustrations by Jerry Harston. Condition: NEW 1997 GT hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ issued), no printing given. Content: Here are the original tales behind the many popular films and television shows. This book features three fascinating Greek myths: The Twelve Labors of Hercules, King Midas, and The Golden Apple. Full-color illustrations. [1 copy available.]
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Hercules & Other Greek Myths, Childre's Mythology

HERCULES: THE WRATH OF POSEIDON
by John Gregory Betancourt. Latif Kazbekov cover art. Condition: NEW 1997 TOR papearback, first printing. Content: When Poseidon, the god of the seas, threatens to destroy Troy with a terrible sea creature, Hercules shows up on the scene, determined to slay the creature and save the beautiful Princess Almacea. Young Adult. [2 copies available.]
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Hercules: Wrath of Poseidon, Betancourt

HOW WE CAME TO THE FIFTH WORLD (Como vinimos al quinto mundo) [Bilingual Tales of the Americas series]
adapted by Harriet Rohmer & Mary Anchondo. Bright colorful illustrations by Graciela Carrillo. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1988 Children's Book Press hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ issued), library binding, revised edition. Problem: I'm not happy with the binding - nothing loose, just not well bound, IMHO. Light shelf wear in the form of pale rubbings from the book being moved in and out of shelves against other books. Content: A simple retelling of the famous creation story from ancient Mexico with illustrations based on the original Indian picture writings. The Aztec elders believed that the world was created four times before our present fifth world and that the earlier worlds were destroyed because humans were selfish and ignored their gods. Our fifth world can be saved, say the Aztec elders, if people find a way to live together peacefully. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Aztec Myths for Kids

JADE AND IRON: Latin American Tales from Two Cultures
by various authors. Translated by Hugh Hazelton; edited by Patricia Aldana; and beautiful color illustrations by Luis Garay. Condition: NEW 1997 Groundwood hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), assumed first printing. Content: In a picture-book format, this collection of 14 stories, some new, others familiar, provides readers with a sampling of traditional legends and folktales from Latin America, an area defined as beginning at the Rio Grande and extending to Tierra del Fuego. A majority of the stories are from Venezuela, Mexico, and Chile; half come from native people, and the remainder from later settlers and their descendants. Subjects of the stories range from haunted ships and witches to romance and humorous trickery. There are warriors and princesses who turn into towering volcanoes, an opossum who steals fire for mankind, and a giant worm who drinks a river so people can find fish. Part Two contains stories from the Europeans who came to the New World and is about people's relationships with each other and with nature. There's a mysterious woman magician who escapes from jail on a flying boat, horses the color of rainbows, and a jungle creature who enchants a young girl. These fascinating stories are beautifully illustrated by Luis Garay. Ages 7 and up. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Jade & Iron, Latin American Legends

JASON AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE
retold by Alan Trussell-Cullen. Wonderful color illustrations by Francis Phillipps. Condition: NEW 2003 Dominie Press soft cover, first printing. Content: The Golden Fleece of Aries the Ram hangs in an olive grove in the kingdom of Colchis, far from its true home. How Jason sails to the end of the world to bring the Fleece back to Greece is dramatically retold in an epic tale of courage, determination and subtle enchantment. A retelling of Greek mythology's most ancient epic tale of the first great western hero, this book goes back to the very first recorded full version of the story written by Apollonius of Rhodes, combining Ancient Greek vase pastiche with high realsim and exciting artwork. Ages 5 - 9. [1 copy available.]
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Jason & Golden Fleece. Alan Trussell-Cullen

JUAN BOBO AND THE HORSE OF SEVEN COLORS: A Puerto Rican Legend [Legends of the World series]
retold by Jan Mike. Great bright color illustrations by Charles Reasoner. Condition: UNREAD 1995 Troll soft cover, first printing. Content: Juan Bobo, a shepherd, catches a horse of seven colors and agrees to free the horse in exchange for magic wishes. Reviewer: "Bobo is an enjoyable story of a negligent shepard named Juan Bobo (Bobo- fool in spanish). After all the kings soldiers fail to stop a mysterious being from trampling the kings fields at night. Juan is sent ont the fourth night to prove that he can out do the king's soldiers and capture the mysterious tresspasser. This great tale of Juan's attempt at proving he is not a fool will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat wondering what kind of trouble he'll run into next." Recommended for ages 4 - 8. [1 copy available]
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Juan Bobo, Puerto Rico Legend

KA-HA-SI AND THE LOON (An Eskimo Legend)
written & adapted by Terri Cohlene. Wonderful (as ever) color illustrations by Charles Reasoner. B&W era photos & maps in back of the book. Condition: NEW c. 1992 Watermill Press soft cover, third printing. Tiny rubbing spot back cover at spine. Content: This volume in the Native American Legends series tells the story of Ka-ha-si, an Eskimo boy who lived with his mother in s small hunting village near the sea but who spends all of the day asleep by his lamp. Then one morning, before the sun was up, he was awakened by a beautiful black bird with white speckles on its back. The Loon had brought him a message from Ka-ha-si's grandfather. But first Ka-ha-si must do things to make himself strong for when his grandfather calls for him. When a season of hunger comes to the village, the Loon tells Ka-ha-si to help his people. The other villagers doubt that the boy they call Lazy One can do what the best hunters cannot, but he surprises them, not once, but twice. Several more times the Loon awakens Ka-ha-si to tell him of a crisis that is affecting his people, and each time Ka-ha-si rises to the challenge. Finally the day comes when the Loon takes Ka-ha-si to his grandfather, and we learn why Ka-ha-si is known as the Strong One. Grades 3 - 6. Ages 9 - 12. [1 copy available]
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KaHaSi, Eskimo Legend

KING ARTHUR (DK Eyewitness Classics)
by Rosalind Kerven. Beautiful color illustrations which are historically accurate by Tudor Humphries. Color photos as well. Condition: Gently pre-read 1998 DK Eyewitness Classics hard cover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), no printing given. Tanning to white DJ cover edges and spine. Content: Reviewer: "The Arthurian legends continue to fascinate us as a culture and this helps introduce young readers to its many forms. Though the look of the book is a bit jumbled, its layout allows the reader to pick and choose and explore. THere is a central nicely illustrated, re-telling of the story that runs through the book, supplemented by sidebars about movies, plays or lesser known myths and characters. SHould appeal to the younger generation who does research via hyperlinks. I can see both boys and girls being interested in delving into this book. Probably most appropriate to ages 8 and above as the themes of of seduction and infidelity are not ignored." Wonderful book. Grades 4 - Adult. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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King Arthur, DK Classics

KING PUCK
story & color illustrations by Michael Garland. Beautiful & fun color illustrations by the Author. Condition: NEW 2007 HarperCollins hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: Set against the backdrop of Ireland's oldest and most unusual fair, this book is a jig-reeling, kid-appealing tale of friendship and fun. Farmer Seamus and his goat, Finny, live on the most beautiful mountain in Ireland, where each night he reads the stories of Finn MacCool (the only book he has). Life is simple and Seamus is content, but he wishes for someone to talk to. Fortunately, the fairies overhear him, and magically Finny begins to speak. When the two discover a handbill inviting everyone to the King Puck Festival where a lucky goat will be crowned king for one day, they make their way to Killorglin, and, predictably, Finny is chosen. The ending has a nice touch for book lovers: in answer to Finny's wish for more books, a librarian delivers new ones every week. An author's note explains the origin of the story. Garland's trademark illustrations feature a rotund, traditionally dressed Farmer Seamus, a sprightly, wide-eyed goat, and fairies set against authentic Irish landscapes. K - 3rd Grade. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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King Puck, An Irish Story
King Puck, An Irish Story

THE LEGEND OF THE POINSETTIA
text and color illustrations by Tomie DePaola. Condition: NEW 1997 PaperStar soft cover, 10th printing. Content: In this legend from Mexico, a little girl, Lucinda, is proud to help her mother weave a new blanket for the Baby Jesus to be used in a Christmas procession. But when Lucinda's mother takes ill, Lucinda tangles the yarn and is unable to complete the blanket. Feeling she has ruined Christmas, Lucinda is reluctant to go to the procession until a mysterious old woman appears from the shadows and tells Lucinda, "Any gift is beautiful because it is given. Whatever you give, the Baby Jesus will love because it comes from you." Nervously, Lucinda grabs an armful of weeds, which she brings into the church. As she prays, the weeds open into dazzling red flowers that decorate the altar. The story has a simple dignity, but it is the artwork that takes center stage here. The spreads, which feature everyday occurrences (set in a generic era), are magnificently staged and colored and culminate in the last spread--Lucinda praying at a crŠche, with a profusion of poinsettias decorating the pages. An author's note gives the origin of the story as well as facts about the poinsettia plant and its Christmas connections. Ages 6 - 10. [2 copies available]
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The Legend of the Poinsettia, DePaola

LIGHT FOOT / PIES LIGEROS (Bilingual)
by Natalia Toledo. Fascinating color paintings by Francisco Toledo. Translated from the Zapotec Spanish by Elisa Amado. Condition: NEW 2007 GroundWood Books hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), no printing given, assumed first American printing. English story on the left and Spanish story on the right column. Content: Once upon a time no creatures on Earth died. But they had baby after baby, and before long the world grew crowded. Death decided to solve the problem by challenging everyone to a skip-rope contest — as an immortal, Death won every time, and one by one everyone succumbed to her dare. Soon, every living being knew Death. This intriguing fable is based on Francisco Toledo's series of engravings of Death, a dominant figure in Mexican culture. Toledo, the heir to the great generation of Mexican artists that included Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, has imaginatively explored this integral part of life, and his entrancing images are matched by poetic text from his wife Natalia. [1 copy available]
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Light Food / Pies Ligeros, Children's Bilingual Books

LION AND THE OSTRICH CHICKS And Other African Folk Tales
retold & illustrated by Ashley Bryan. Cute tri-color illustrations by the Author. Condition: NEW c. 1994 Harcourt Brace hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ issued), 4th printing. School supplemental reader. Very pale, light shelf-wear scratch front cover - no loss of color. Content: Bryan presents lively, tellable stories about animal and human characters. He includes extensive dialogue and numerous songs from four previously published collections of the folklore of the Masai, Bushmen, and Hausa, and from Angola. The stories give no evidence of their African origin, which is a result of three of the sources that Bryan used being decontextualized, which was typical of African folklore collections at the turn of the century. The morals of these stories are universal in application. Bryan's lively illustrations focus on animals engaged in the action taking place in the stories. The stories can be enjoyed as narratives when read or told aloud. Grades 4 and up. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Children's Afarican Folklore

LITTLE BOOK OF NORTHERN TALES: The Bear Says North
retold by Bob Barton. Beautiful color illustrations by Jorina Marton. Condition: Very good + 2006 Groundwood Books (Canada) small hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), no printing given. Perused on shelf and opens to page 87. Everything else is clean & tight. Content: The stark beauty and mystery of the northern lands have always fascinated storyteller Bob Barton. Here he collects his favorite folk and fairy tales from Scandinavia, Russia, and Canada’s far north. Originally passed by word of mouth, a few of the tales were published in sources now out of print, and most were at risk of being lost forever. Stories like the magical "Reindeer Herder and the Moon" and the surprising “Raven and the Whale" are ideal for reading aloud or alone. Jirina Marton’s colorful paintings perfectly capture the spirit of these exotic lands and the timeless tales that honor them. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Little Book of Northern Tales, Arctic Circle Folklore

THE MAGIC AMBER: A Korean Legend (Legends of the World)
retold & illustrated by Charles Reasonser. As always, Reasoner's color illustrations are bright and interesting. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1994 Troll soft cover, first printing. Light hinge crease caused by someone putting a blank bookplate in it (no, it wasn't me). Interior clean & tight. Content: Reviewer: "A magical retelling of an ancient story in the acclaimed "Legends of the World" series. A poor farmer and his wife are given a piece of magic amber by a mysterious stranger -- a gift that creates food so they won't go hungry. The farmer and his wife generously share their food with the needy, but one day their greedy landlord steals the magic amber. How the amber is returned to the kind farmer teaches an age-old lesson. Beautifully illustrated by award-winning illustrator Charles Reasoner, with fascinating information about Korean history and culture at the back of the book." Grades 4 and up. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Magic Amber, Children's Folklore

MERLIN THE WIZARD (Great Tales From Long Ago series)
retold by Ann Lawrence. Lovely color illustrations by Susan Hunter. Condition: UNREAD 1986 Magnet soft cover, new edition, no printing given. The book is clean & tight, but I'd like the binding to be even tighter - no problems, though. Content: A lovely retelling of King Arthur and Merlin the Magician for youngsters. 32 pages. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Merlin The Wizard, Children's Folklore

MUTI'S NECKLACE: The Oldest Story in the World
by Louise Hawes. Beautiful, soft color illustrations by Rebecca Guay. Condition: NEW 2006 Houghton MIfflin hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: Adapting and expanding an ancient Egyptian story, Hawes has created an original fairy tale about familial love and its power to thwart even the majesty of Pharaoh. Muti cherishes the necklace her father made for her when she was born, associating it with many happy memories. After turning 13, she leaves her beloved family to work as a servant in King Snefru's palace. Pharaoh, impressed by her beauty and grace, makes her the leader of a cohort of female rowers for his pleasure boat. When her necklace breaks and falls into the lake, she refuses to row or to accept a replacement. It is so important to her that she stands up to Pharaoh, who is now even more impressed by her determination. Where the story contrasts sharply with traditional fairy tales is in the climax: when Snefru asks Muti to become his queen, she declines, preferring to be reunited with her family. The writing style favors the more fleshed-out manner of a short story than the leanness of a folktale. Guay's lush watercolor-and-gouache paintings incorporate elements of Egyptian art and culture, including jewelry motifs, decorative geometric patterns in the scenery, and headdresses and hairstyles. The characters' faces and gestures are expressive and dramatic, and the surrounding landscape teems with life. [1 copy available]
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Muti's Necklace, Egyptian Legend



ANCIENT EGYPT BOOKPLATES For Kids
art by LeliaDraws. Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get anywhere else. 2.5 wide x 4.0 high. Content: Adorable drawing of an Egyptian child with the symbols of her religion and culture. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is BernhardMod BT) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us.
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Ancient Egyptian Bookplates For Kids

CAROUSEL HORSE BOOKPLATES
art by Liberty. Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get anywhere else. 3.00 wide x 4.00 high. Content: Beautiful white carousel horse decked out in pastel pinks and blues. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is Wedding Text BT) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us.
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Carousel Horse Bookplates

FANTASY LADY WITH DRAGON BOOKPLATES
art by Fleurons. Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get anywhere else. 3.0 wide x 4.0 high. Content: Beautiful and colorful lady with her multi-colored dragon (large Boa?). We can personalize your bookplate (the font is Snell Blk BT) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us.
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Fantasy Bookplates



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