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From the Brothers Grimm:
A Contemporary Retelling of American Folktales
& Classic Stories
By Tom Davenport and Gary Carden
A paperbound book, 104 pages, 9.25 x 7.5 inches
From the Brothers Grimm: A Contemporary Retelling of American Folktales & Classic Stories won a 1995 Honor Anthologies award from Storytelling World and was selected in 1994 as one of the ten top books of the Public Library Associations Lifelong Learning Section, serving the needs of newly-literate adults. It has an eighth-grade reading level with simple plots, short sentences, and uncomplicated vocabulary; and used with the video series, will encourage elementary students to read beyond their current level. 104 pages, 9.25 x 7.5 inches.
From The Book Report September/October 1993
"This collection will add a new dimension to any folktale section. The ten tales have been Americanized and reset in Appalachia. Imagine Cinderella as a poor, white Southern girl named Ashpet who is helped to romance by a wise black woman. Hansel and Gretel become children of a poor mountain family during the depression. Other stories include Rapunzel, Rapunzel and Jack and the Dentists Daughter. In its simplest form this book will be used with delight by speech students searching for a childrens story to read aloud. The book is also meant to spark interest in the video series that Davenport produced for PBS. B&W photos from the videos will encourage this. With or without the videos, language arts teachers will find many ways to use the tales. An accompanying teachers guide gives hints on using the book for kindergartners through senior high students, but it is also bound to be read just for fun. Recommended."
Joyce Whitson, Library Media Specialist, Manhattan (Kansas) High School
Read the Foreword by Jack Zipes.