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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
  • Language:English
  • Pages:228
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098349356

Children in Global Folk Tales

by Robert Escobar

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In Children in Global Folk Tales, read about a woman acting as midwife to a pregnant troll, a young African girl outwitting spirits who hunger for human flesh, children adopted by dwarves under a mountain, young love blossoming under the waves in China, a sultan's son who goes on a quest for immortality and more. So many folk tale collections have been created for children over the years. Here is something different, one featuring them. 35 stories from around the world offer a multicultural and complex tapestry. It is an image of what we see in ourselves when we see the young, how we often wish to have some of our own and what we wish for them to have.
Children in Global Folk Tales attempts to do something new, however small and simple, within the realm of folklore. It is a collection of folk tales about children instead of just for children. One of the many joys of reading folk tales is the globetrotting aspect of it all. Tales from countless cultures are ready to be enjoyed. So, why not pick a subject and follow it, seeing how different people at different times told stories about the same thing? It is fascinating to see how storytellers have treated a single subject, in this case children, throughout history in that treasure trove of wisdom, humor, language, caution and culture that we call folklore. 35 tales from around the world have been collected and sequenced to provide a collection of traditional stories unlike any other. This book is a window into the past, into humanity and the different ways humanity has seen its younger self. Additionally, care was taken to group stories not simply by country or geographic region as is customary. Instead, they are meant to rhyme if you will, to work together and create a coherent reading experience that is more than the sum of its parts.
About the author
Robert Escobar researches, writes and records YouTube videos (channel- Object History) on a variety of subjects. His previous book, Saps, Blackjacks and Slungshots: A History of Forgotten Weapons was used in federal court, has received praise from nationally recognized authors, artists and professors of history. Folklore and mythology have always interested him and he is creating a series of books that are a first of their kind in the field.
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