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The Bremen Town Musicians

Adapted story from the Brothers Grimm

By Lisbeth Zwerger

Published by Penguin, 2007

Fearing their deaths as spent animals, a number of animals band together to go to Bremen to be musicians and avoid deaths by their owners.  One night, they scare a group of robbers out of a house, keep them out, and take over the house.  Though they never make it to Bremen, the heinous sound of their “singing” is what earns them their new home.

Great for young children studying folk tales and fairy tales.

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Accessed: Augusta County Library

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The Mitten

by Jan Brett

Adapted from a Ukrainian folk tale, this book is a story about a young boy named Nicki who wants a pair of white mittens.  When his grandmother cedes to his request, she admonishes him to keep track of them.  Before long, without noticing, Nicki loses his mitten.  One by one, forest animals make their way inside the mitten, including a fox, a badger and a bear.  Finally, the mitten is strained to its limit, the bear sneezes, and all the animals fly out.  Nicki sees his mitten fly through the air and catches it, mystified why all of a sudden is mitten is all stretched out.

Great for young children studying folk tales.

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Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Kallaloo

By David and Phyllis Gershator

Illustrated by Diane Greenseid

Published by Marshall Cavendish, 2005

Granny is hungry and out of money, and is wondering how she will feed herself.  She finds a shell–a brown and white West Indies shell– and it tells her to make soup.  In a Caribbean version of the classic Stone Soup, Granny tells the townspeople that the shell has told her to make soup.  In a crafty, but genuine way, a big pot of Kallaloo is the end result, and all the villagers, who had all pitched in to make the soup, all got to participate in enjoying the end result.

As with Flossie and the Fox, the inclusion of a dialect from another region, and the crafty (but likable) main character pushes this book to the fore.  Great book to use with middle and high school English teachers to use for analyzing dialect.   Also good to use with 9th grade Geography students when looking at the Caribbean region.

Includes information about the origin of the story of Kallaloo, and also includes recipes from Kallaloo at the end of the story.

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The Quiltmaker’s Gift

By Jeff Brumbeau

Illustrations by Gail deMarcken

A mystical quilt-maker makes beautiful quilts high up in the hills outside of her village.  She doesn’t sell them; rather, on cold, dark nights she would go around, find a poor, helpless villager, and give the quilt to them.  The discontented king, who was given many gifts but still wasn’t happy, demanded to be given a quilt.  The quiltmaker told him that she would give him a quilt if he gave away everything he had.  Though it took him some time to come around, he finally began giving away his things.  The more he gave away, the happier he felt.  Soon, he had given away all his possessions and was living in mere tattered rags.  However, he was the happiest he had ever been.  The quilt maker gave him his own quilt, and from that point on, he partook in the quilt maker’s work, delivering the quilts that she made.

This picture book is a great connection to family life science and also social studies because it references types of quilts that were historically sewn by housewives.  The different patterns illustrated throughout the story give clues to the story as well as being accurate representations of real quilts.

Awards: Book Sense Book of the Year

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