NYPL's Children's Books 2011: Folk & Fairy Tales
Annotation:"In the beginning there was only the deep, dark water of Nun." The ancient Egyptian world is retold in hieroglyphic-inspired illustrations paired with contemporary language that children of all ages will enjoy.
Annotation:Can one small snot-nosed boy bring a poor flower seller some luck? This folktale from Japan serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of being too greedy.
Annotation:Join the farm maiden and her animal friends in this bilingual celebration of food. Includes a Spanish-English glossary and a recipe.
Annotation:Featuring the stories of Achilles, Muse, and Victory, this compilation of 17 Greek and Roman myths focuses on ancient heroes and sheds light on words and expressions that are still used today.
Annotation:The acclaimed Nigerian author tackles the themes of freedom and justice and the pitfalls of absolute power. Striking illustrations introduce this fable, first published in Kenya in 1972, to a new generation.
Annotation:"Rumpelstiltskin" and other familiar tales join lesser-known stories ("The Hedley Kow") in this lively collection. Ross's cartoon pictures add lots of drama and comedy.
Annotation:A masterful retelling with compelling illustrations, whose interpretations honor the deities with a touch of contemporary flair.
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As children's librarians shared this year's newest books with the children in their local libraries, it became clear that the old adage - the more things change, the more they stay the same - is truer than ever. From Xboxes to iPads, from Wii consoles to the hottest apps, technology ages in a blink of an eye, but the timelessness of a good tale will always engage even the most tech-savvy child. Here are some of the best folk and fairy tales of the 2011 year. Enjoy them with your families.