Peace Tales: World Folktales to Talk about

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A collection of folktales from cultures around the world, reflecting different aspects of war and peace.

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From School Library Journal:

Grade 3 Up-- While the quality of these stories is uneven, with some of them seeming more appropriate for adults than for children, storytellers will find the book useful. The collection is arranged into two main sections: ``Pathways to War'' and ``Pathways to Peace''; the selections are then listed according to the lesson learned. The tales come from all over the globe with many from non-European traditions. Also, pertinent quotes are given in both the original language and in English. Curiously, one tale, ``Two Goats on the Bridge,'' appears in both sections, with the endings changed to present the options. Children are assaulted by savagery in every form of the media. It is important to present ``the other side,'' the possibility of peace, however fragile. --Mollie Bynum, Chester Valley Elementary School, Anchorage, AK
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

MacDonald's collection of folktales, proverbs and fables from diverse cultures is meant to encourage youngsters to think and talk about how certain actions have peaceful consequences, while others lead to conflict. The importance of patience, understanding and working together is the common theme connecting the selections, which include Zen tales, Japanese and Polynesian legends, Mexican fables and Native American stories. The pieces range widely in length and complexity, from rambling legends that youngsters will need help deciphering, to pithy statements whose message is crystal clear ("All the world smiles in the same language"). Though the relevance of some of the more sophisticated entries may elude young readers, this is a well-intentioned, commendable compilation. Ages 9-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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