November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

New Mythology Series To Engage Reluctant Readers

Books on topics such as the colony at Roanoke are a great way to ease students into subject areas they might otherwise avoid.

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and clunk clunk clunk went the folktale market

Betsy Bird at Fuse #8 is rightfully mourning the relative dearth of African folktale publishing and simultaneously celebrating one of its legends from the glory days, Verna Aardema. All I can say is God bless Verna Aardema, who knew just how to write a picture-book text that would bring any library story hour to life. […]

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Mousetropolis by R. Gregory Christie | SLJ Review

CHRISTIE, R. Gregory. Mousetropolis. illus. by R. Gregory Christie. 32p. Holiday House. Sept. 2015. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780823423194; ebk. $16.95. ISBN 9780823434879. LC 2013020212.
Gr K-2–A retelling of Aesop’s “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.” After a letter arrives from his country cousin, City Mouse, unwilling to tolerate the noise emanating from a neighboring apartment in Mousetropolis, decides to vacation in the country. There are humorous touches in the brief text, but it is the illustrations, executed in acrylic gouache, that […]

A Pourquoi Tale from Liberia: “Dentist Bird” | Touch and Go

Dentist Bird, a West African folktale from Literary Safari, explains how it came to be that plover birds clean crocodiles’ teeth. The developer notes that 100 percent of the purchase price of the app will go to “We-Care Foundation’s efforts to keep children reading and learning amidst the Ebola outbreak.” For iOS and Android.

Urban Legends and Ancient Tales: Mythology, Folktales, and the Supernatural | Series Made Simple Fall 2012

The number of new titles featuring the Greek and Roman gods proves that they are just as popular as ever. Whether discussing mythology in terms of the stars, with biographies of the gods, or in a graphic-novel format, the classics remain current. North American folklore has also not been left behind, with several new titles on figures from tall tales and folk customs. Finally, urban legends, lost worlds, the paranormal, and tales of strange creatures round out the selections. […]