We have been enjoying a beautiful collection of folktales in our around-the-world study of the continents. Around the World in 80 Tales by Saviour Pirotta is a large-format picture book containing eighty stories (of course!) from around the world, and it is very accomodating for our studies since it’s arranged by continent. So far we’ve enjoyed stories from Africa and Australia (or Australasia, as the book calls it–this is a new term for me!). Most of the stories that we’ve read have been myths or fables. This has been a huge winner with my girls and has even been brought along on several outings, despite its large size, as Lulu’s in-van entertainment. 🙂 Most stories are between one and three pages long, so it’s possible to read several of them in a short read-aloud session. I think this has made a terrific literary spine for our studies; we have gotten a feel for the continents, especially since many of the stories we’ve read are about the animals that inhabit the different countries. Richard Johnson‘s illustrations are particularly lovely. There is a running border at the top of every page that indicates by illustration which continent you’re visiting. Inside the front and back covers is a gorgeous water color world map, just perfect for pointing out the continents before reading another tale. I give this one a Highly Recommended. Stay tuned to Hope Is the Word in the next few weeks; I hope to blog about other picture books we enjoy as we make our trek around the world.
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Happy Read Aloud Thursday!