Animal Legends From Around the WorldBook - 2006
Travel the globe with award-winning storyteller and artist Jan Thornhill in this collection of nine folktales from around the world. Each story leads the reader from one continent to the next as one of the featured animals leaps to the next tale. Beginning with Elephant and Hare in a story from India, Hare then takes readers on to West Africa to play a new role in the next tale with Tortoise. These seamless links between continents and animals represent a worldwide celebration of sharing stories. Folktails enchants the reader with art as timeless and charming as the tales themselves. Every wrinkle on an elephant, every feather of a bird's wing, and every age in a million-year-old rock are strikingly detailed while the distant backgrounds call to mind the dreamlike quality of the folktales. Thornhill pays homage to the fabric designs of each story's national origin in the borders that frame her artwork, and includes the source of the borders' inspiration at the back of the book. Meanwhile, Thornhill's thoughtfully portrayed scenes provide opportunities for visual find-the-animal games for younger audiences. Folktails is at once wise, thought provoking, and beautiful -- a collection that reflects the offerings of storytellers the world over.
Publisher: Toronto : Maple Tree Press, 2006.
Characteristics: 32 p. :,col. ill. ;,27.