Monday, June 6, 2016

Review: Forty Fun Fables: Tales that Trick, Tickle and Teach by Mitch Weiss, Martha Hamilton

25230047Title: Forty Fun Fables: Tales that Trick, Tickle and Teach
Authors: Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton
Published: April 1, 2015
Publisher: August House
Pages: 95
Genre: Children ages 6 on up
Review: Paperback provided by publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, 

Animals don't talk but they appear in fables to tell us about our very human selves. This classic collection of whimsical stories is told simply with wit that appeals to children of all ages. In reading these tales, the lessons of many cultures are passed along and wisdom is shared. Young readers will be highly engaged and entertained by the fools, tricksters, and clever characters who appear in these timeless stories.

We received this book to give an honest review.

K and I both really enjoyed this book. I have never read any fables to him so I wasn't sure what he would think about this kind of book being read to him. 
I have to say he liked it, especially when we discussed the moral of the story after reading each one I think that he was learning a little bit on the lessons that were being told. The fables vary and they are short so you are not reading more than a page for each one so that makes it really easy to enjoy. As far as pictures umm there are few but that was okay with us. 
At the end of the book is something for the teachers and parents to read to help the students or child. I didn't read it so I am not sure if it is helpful or not I was more interested in the fables from Aesop and around the world. 

Questions and Answers with K.

1. Did you enjoy the book?
"Yes I did, I liked how the stories each had animals in them."

2. Did you feel you learned anything?
"I think I did but I might forget some of them."

Martha Hamilton
Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss are a husband-and-wife team, also known as “Beauty and the Beast Storytellers,” who have traveled the world since 1980 sharing their passion for the art of storytelling. They have co-authored several books and recordings that have won numerous awards including Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (awarded by Bank Street College of Education), Parents’ Choice, National Parenting Publications Awards, and Storytelling World. Their Children Tell Stories: Teaching and Using Storytelling in the Classroom, used in the teaching of storytelling from elementary schools to college courses, won an Anne Izard Storyteller's Choice Award and was praised by award committee members as "an infectiously enthusiastic book on the methods and merits of teaching storytelling to children . . . imaginative, inspiring, easy to read, and tremendously engaging . . . a terrific book that will be a classic for years to come."

Mitch and Martha’s story collections include world tales that they have retold in a conversational manner so that children can easily understand and retell them. Parents and teachers will find a wealth of information on how to get children excited about reading, telling world tales, and making up their own stories at Mitch and Martha’s Web site: http://www.beautyandthebeaststorytell...

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