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The Golden Hoard: Myths and Legends of the World

McCaughrean, Geraldine

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ISBN 10: 0689807414 / ISBN 13: 9780689807411
Verlag: Margaret K. McElderry
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Titel: The Golden Hoard: Myths and Legends of the ...

Verlag: Margaret K. McElderry

Einband: Hardcover


Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

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Twenty-two multicultural tales are gathered from such locations as Polynesia, Estonia, Mexico, and Kikuyu and include the legend of Robin Hood, the story of Anansi the Spiderman, and the Native American folktale of how men and women finally agreed.

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McCaughrean (The Odyssey, 1995, etc.) makes good on the subtitle--``Myths and Legends of the World''--with 22 exploits by the likes of Coyote, the Polynesian trickster Maui, Robin Hood, and St. George, all trippingly retold in a modern idiom: `` `Look out, here comes Quetzalcoatl,' said the Sun, glowering, lowering, his red rimmed eyes livid.'' Whether writing in a traditional, heroic vein, as in her tale of El Cid's final battle, or with the rap rhythm of the West Indian ``Anansi and the Mind of God,'' McCaughrean's voice is distinctive, and she puts her own spin on some stories, adding an ironic ending to the Sumerian ``Man Who Almost Lived Forever,'' and emphasizing the feminism in a Kikuyu tale of gender conflict. The illustrations are awkwardly drawn but vibrantly colored; Willey suggests each tale's source with culturally characteristic patterns and fashions, but the neoprimitive figures and compressed compositions have less impact than her slashes of red and orange, undulating blues and rich greens. While most of these tales are available elsewhere (some in other versions by McCaughrean), this is an unusually well-knit, wide-ranging gathering. Brief, nonspecific source notes are appended. (Folklore. 10-13) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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