You've Got to Read This!
Library Home
Log in | First time user registration
102 book reviews found, page 1 of 21. Narrow results by selecting age range:
Print list Click here to view printer-friendly format
Grade range start:    Grade range end:
Book cover image
Read more reviews
of this book

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend)

Deborah Hopkinson (2008), 40 pages
Illustrated by John Hendrix
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Folklore, Historical, Picture Books
Add Your Comments | Add to MyBookList | Email Review
This book introduces Abe's forgotten frontier friend Benjamin Austin Gollaher or Austin for short. Austin is ten, three years older than Abe, but they manage to get into trouble by being best friends and adventuresome. In 1816, after Abe finished carrying in wood for his mother, the two boys start off looking for partridges near the creek. Knob Creek, with high and rushing water, had to be crossed and was done so on a dare. What happened during the crossing keeps the story suspenseful. The artwork was fun and complimented the tale perfectly. Everyone has heard of Abraham Lincoln, but not many have heard of Mr. Gollaher. In 1865 Abe Lincoln apparently told a Kentucky visitor that he would rather see Austin Gollaher 'than any other man in Kentucky.'
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2011
Reviewed by: cj
Date read: 4/5/2010
ISBN-10: 0375937684
ISBN-13: 9780375937682
Book cover image
Read more reviews
of this book

Aldar the Trickster

Mollie Clarke (1965), 32 pages
Audience: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Folklore, Multicultural
Add Your Comments | Add to MyBookList | Email Review
In a village in Finland, there once lived a man named Aldar. Because he was very good at deceiving people, he was called Aldar the Trickster. There was a man nicknamed Goat Man who believed that he could not be deceived by Aldar. But deceived he was-6 different times! Everything began when Goat Man believed that Aldar was holding up a tree by leaning against it. Be prepared to laugh as Goat Man keeps falling for Aldar's antics.
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 7/26/2010
ISBN-13: 9780247643024
Book cover image
Read more reviews
of this book

Amazing Tree

John Kilaka (2009), 32 pages
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Folklore, Picture Books
Add Your Comments | Add to MyBookList | Email Review
This story comes from the Fipa tribe of southwest Tanzania. A drought in Africa leaves the animals, who are just learning to live together, starving. They come to a huge tree abundant with ripe fruits, enough to feed them all, and shake it mightily, but no fruit will fall. It is decided that someone should ask the wise tortoise for advice, but who should go? Little rabbit volunteers but is only laughed at because she is so small. All the animals from the largest on down are given a chance to visit tortoise and return with the magic words that will make the food fall but none can remember them on the trip back to the tree. When only rabbit is left to save the day, will she be able to? A story with wonderful colorful illustrations, this folktale will win the hearts of younger readers, especially the smallest in the family.
Reviewed by: ewl
Date read: 7/1/2010
ISBN-10: 0735822549
ISBN-13: 9780735822542
Book cover image
Read more reviews
of this book

Anansi and the Magic Stick

Eric A. Kimmel (2001), 32 pages
Illustrated by Janet Stevens
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Folklore, Picture Books
Add Your Comments | Add to MyBookList | Email Review
The animals tease Anansi the Spider for being too lazy to clean his house and yard. Anansi, fed up with all the teasing, goes for a walk, and he discovers something amazing: Hyena's house is clean, and his garden is gorgeous, all while Hyena rests in a cozy hammock. Then, Anansi spots the secret: Hyena has a magic stick! Anansi steals the magic stick. It's smooth going until Anansi falls asleep while the stick is working. When he wakes up, the whole world is covered in water. How can Anansi make things right again? What will happen when Hyena realizes his magic stick is gone? Bright, compelling illustrations make this story come alive.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 7/22/2010
ISBN-10: 0823414434
ISBN-13: 9780823414437
Book cover image
Read more reviews
of this book

Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock

Eric A. Kimmel (1988), 30 pages
Illustrated by Janet Stevens
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Fiction, Folklore, Humor, Picture Books
Add Your Comments | Add to MyBookList | Email Review
What is Anansi, that trickster spider up to now? While taking a walk in the cool forest, Anansi found a moss-covered rock that had mysterious powers. Anansi immediately thought of a plan to trick his fellow forest dwellers so that he could steal, Lion's yams, Elephant's bananas, Rhino's watermelon, Hippo's pineapples, and many more delights without doing a lick of work. However, when Anansi attempted to try this trick on Little Bush Deer, he discovered that he had met his match. Eric A. Kimmel's tale, 'Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock' is a delightful and humorous retelling of a West African Folktale. The young reader will enjoy the antics of this lazy little spider named, Anansi.
Similar authors: Pat Cummings; Verna Aardema; Tololwa M. Mollel; Mary Dixon Lake
Similar books: A Pride of African Tales by Donna L. Washington; Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales; Anansi and the Magic Stick by Eric A. Kimmel; Anansi and the Box of Stories: A West African Folktale by Stephen Krensky; Ananse's Feast: An Ashanti Tale by Tolowa M. Mollel; Trickster Tales: Forty Folk Stories from Around the World by Josepha Sherman
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/29/2011
ISBN-10: 082340689X
ISBN-13: 9780823406890
Page 1 of 21: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Next