A short while ago I shared a bold collection of 52 folktales and legends from around the world—A Year Full of Stories, by Angela McAllister and Christopher Corr. Coming in November, there is another—A World Full of Animal Stories, 50 Folktales and Legends, by Angela McAllister and Aitch.
Travel the world, from Africa through Asia and the Americas, over to Europe, down to Australia and Oceania. Discover treasured animal stories. There’s one from New Zealand—the legend of Paikea, the whale-rider. I’ve read it many times before. McAllister’s version is spirited while still grounded in the roots of the story. Like the first book, again you’ll find tales you know, Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Ugly Duckling. You’ll be enchanted by others unfamiliar and furthermore by Aitch—an illustrator who, I believe, was a perfect choice for the project, as a lot of her inspiration comes from her memories, heritage, and dreams. Her style crosses boundaries and connects with the diverse cultures represented. Suitable for older readers, 8 and up.