A Year Full of Stories: 52 Classic Stories from All Around the World (World Full of... #1)

by Angela McAllister (Author) Christopher Corr (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Presents 52 folktales and legends from around the world, including "Father Frost," "The Magic Porridge Pot," "The Frog Prince," and "The Gifts of the North Wind."

This rich resource collects together folk tales from home and legends and myths from distant lands to commemorate the changing seasons, cultural events and international festivals throughout the year. The book is divided into 12 chapters, one for each month of the year, and throughout, stories are matched to internationally celebrated dates, including St. Patrick's Day and the International Day of Friendship, as well as seasonal events and festivals.

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Kirkus Reviews

A seasonal collection of world folk stories... Quibbles aside, this attractive anthology will prove useful. (Folk tales. 7-11)

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Grades 2-5 The truncated format—most stories only get one to two pages—means that this serves primarily as an introduction to these folktales, but it is an introduction that provides valuable insight into a number of cultures and will hopefully spur readers to seek out more.

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Publishers Weekly

Corr accompanies the tales with bright gouache illustrations whose folk art aesthetic ably bridges the many cultures on display; a closing section offers capsule descriptions of each of the holidays. Though little detail is provided about the origins of the stories themselves, this is a rich and diverse compendium that lends itself to casual perusing. Ages 6-9. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-5—McAllister's collection of stories are arranged to represent holidays and seasons throughout the calendar year. This volume is notable for its beautiful illustrations, many of which are a full page in size. Students will enjoy locating the tales on a calendar or arriving at their own treasured holiday. Whether the book is experienced in its entirety or specific selections are shared in isolation, many curriculum standards in geography, social studies, or literature can be met using entries from this compendium. The text can also serve well for read-alouds for younger audiences. A list of each of the celebratory dates is included. VERDICT Consider for libraries where fairy tales and folktales are in high demand.—Elizabeth Swartz, Warrior Run School District, PA

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"This attractive anthology will prove useful." - Kirkus Reviews
Angela McAllister

Angela McAllister took a degree in Humanities at Middlesex College before becoming a children's book author. To date, she has written more than 80 books for children, including Lincoln Children's best-selling titles A Year Full of Stories and A World Full of Animal Stories.

Christopher Corr is an established author/illustrator whose many books have won him international acclaim. He studied at the Royal College of Art, and now lives and works in London as an artist and tutor at Goldsmiths University.

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Publication date
October 20, 2016
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