Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Year Full of Stories

A Year Full of Stories: 52 Folktales and Legends from Around the World
By Angela McAllister
Illustrated by Christopher Corr
Frances Lincoln Children's, 2016. Informational.

This collection of 52 folk tales (one for each week of the year) features stories from all over the world and from diverse traditions. The stories start in January with New Year's Day and the Russian legend of Father Frost and end in December with Kwanzaa. This is a great book to read straight through or bit-by-bit depending on the season and time of year. All of the stories are short and interesting enough to work well as a read-aloud for younger kids.

The stories in this book are fun and good, but the illustrations are where this book really shines. Each page is filled with beautiful, interesting, graphic illustrations that enhance the stories perfectly. The bright colors and folk art inspired style of the illustrations are sophisticated enough for parents to enjoy, and bright enough to be fun for kids. This book is one of my very favorites from the informational section and is a perfect way to explore different legends.

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