Travel the globe with award-winning storyteller and artist Jan Thornhill in this collection of nine folktales from around the world. Each story leads the reader from one continent to the next as one of the featured animals leaps to the next tale. Beginning with Elephant and Hare in a story from India, Hare then takes readers on to West Africa to play a new role in the next tale with Tortoise. These seamless links between continents and animals represent a worldwide celebration of sharing stories. Folktails enchants the reader with art as timeless and charming as the tales themselves. Every wrinkle on an elephant, every feather of a bird’s wing, and every age in a million-year-old rock are strikingly detailed while the distant backgrounds call to mind the dreamlike quality of the folktales. Thornhill pays homage to the fabric designs of each story’s national origin in the borders that frame her artwork, and includes the source of the borders’ inspiration at the back of the book. Meanwhile, Thornhill’s thoughtfully portrayed scenes provide opportunities for visual find-the-animal games for younger audiences. Folktails is at once wise, thought provoking, and beautiful — a collection that reflects the offerings of storytellers the world over.close this panel
What makes these stories great for kids is just how clearly they present common human foibles, and how succinctly. With their strong plots and brevity, they’re excellent for reading aloud. The rich colors and intricate designs of Thornhill’s full-page illustrations draw viewers into the lush world of story…
Thornhill eloquently mixes description and narration to craft excellent storytelling pieces that work with or without the appealingly detailed artwork.
Folktails is an excellent book…funny, brilliant, and beautifully illustrated. The inviting cover is just one of the many great illustrations in this collection of tales. Jordan (Age 13) gives Folktails: Animal Legends from Around the World 5 enchanting stars!
Thornhill’s art manages to be both spectacular and quiet. Her characteristic rich colors and dramatic framing are eye-catching… Thornhill has found pourquoi tales that, without losing their shrewd energy, also convey the courage, wit, and tenderness of the animal protagonists…
The stories are refreshingly unfamiliar, making this a worthwhile and attractive collection.
Thornhill has gathered folktales from around the world that are sure to both entertain and encourage discussion around their messages and origins.
So it goes, with each of the 10 tales’ illustrations – in Thornhill’s inimitable style, a most felicitous combination of clarity and lushness – reflecting the country, even the trees of the tales origin.
Folktails: Animal Legends from Around the World is a wonderful introduction to international myths and legends, and recommended to young animal lovers everywhere.
Nine countries, nine classic folk tales, all illustrated with Thornhill’s vibrant, full-page paintings.
Celebrate cultural themes with colorful illustrations and economical language.