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Review of Nine Color Deer

Nine Color Deer by Kailin Duan; illus. by the author; trans. from Chinese by Jeremy Tiang Primary    Em Querido/Levine Querido    48 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-64614-178-4    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64614-199-9    $18.99 “Deep in the Kunlun Hills, there lived a mystical deer,” the Nine Color Deer, so called because of the varied...

Review of Across the Rainbow Bridge: Stories of Norse Gods and Humans

Across the Rainbow Bridge: Stories of Norse Gods and Humans by Kevin Crossley-Holland; illus. by Jeffrey Alan Love Intermediate, Middle School, High School   Candlewick Studio    88 pp.    g 10/21    978-1-5362-1771-1    $18.99 In five stories, Norse gods cross the rainbow bridge from Asgard and visit us below, in the world of...

Review of Blancaflor, the Hero with Secret Powers: A Folktale from Latin America

Blancaflor, the Hero with Secret Powers: A Folktale from Latin America by Nadja Spiegelman; illus. by Sergio García Sánchez Intermediate    TOON    56 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-943145-55-3    $16.95 Paper ed.  978-1-943145-56-0    $9.99 Spanish ed.  978-1-943145-57-7    $16.95 In engaging comic-format style, ­Spiegelman and Sánchez (Lost in NYC, rev. 7/15) retell the Latin...

Review of The Man of the Moon: And Other Stories from Greenland

The Man of the Moon: And Other Stories from Greenland retold by Gunvor Bjerre; illus. by Miki Jacobsen; trans. from Danish by Charlotte Barslund Intermediate, Middle School    Inhabit Media    202 pp.    g 7/21    978-1-77227-295-6    $29.95 The folktales and myths from Greenland collected here are based on stories recorded by Knud...

Review of The Three Billy Goats Gruff: The FULL Story

The Three Billy Goats Gruff: The FULL Story by Richard Jackson; illus. by Katherine Tillotson Preschool, Primary    Dlouhy/Atheneum    48 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-4814-1573-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-1574-3    $10.99 It’s “the FULL story” of the classic tale of the three billy goats and the menacing troll, or what late author Jackson...

Review of The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas

The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas by María García Esperón; illus. by Amanda Mijangos; trans. from Spanish by David Bowles Intermediate, Middle School, High School    Levine Querido    240 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-64614-015-2    $21.99 In this ambitious and expansive compendium, Esperón collects and presents lore and legend from a...

Review of Rise of the Halfling King

Rise of the Halfling King [Tales of the Feathered Serpent] by David Bowles; illus. by Charlene Bowles Intermediate, Middle School    Cinco Puntos    64 pp.    g 10/20    Paper ed.  978-1-947627-37-6    $12.95 e-book ed.  978-1-947627-38-3    $12.95 In this series starter, David Bowles, author of 2018’s Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths...

Review of Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth

Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth by Duncan Tonatiuh; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    40 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-4197-4677-2    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64700-154-4    $15.29 The Feathered Serpent, known as ­Quetzalcóatl among Nahuatl-speaking peoples, is a principal figure in ­Mesoamerican cosmology and often features in...

Review of Quill Soup: A Stone Soup Story

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Quill Soup: A Stone Soup Story by Alan Durant; illus. by Dale Blankenaar Primary    Charlesbridge    40 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-62354-147-7    $16.99 This retelling of the traditional “Stone Soup” tale stars a porcupine named Noko, hungry, tired, and seeking hospitality in a small village; and features animals of South Africa —...
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