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How far is it from a rugged island in Greece

to a coal-mining village in the Rocky Mountains? 

Farther than Maria could have imagined.* 


Ten folktales, one from our First Nations, one from French-Canada, the others gathered from around the world and re-set in the heritage communities through which they might have arrived.


I wrote this book out my storytelling-in-schools work (see storytelling school visits).  A child kept asking me, “Tell more stories from here.”  I explained that the stories that have come from afar have come with people, they have become our stories.  I could see this answer had no meaning for her.  I knew I had to do what storytellers have always done, adapt the stories to their new homes.


The stories have their origins in India, Finland, Russia, Greece, Chile, Vietnam, Iraq and Africa, but they are all involved with making a new life in a new place.  They speak of universal problems, offering the age old wisdom which such tales have been giving us since the beginning of time.  They enchant readers with suspenseful delight.


Will the cruel landlord really be bested?  Will that poor family really survive?  Who is the mouse who can work such magic?  Will the snow child stay with those who have created her?  Will our hero find the one he seeks? 


Illustrations by Simon Ng are lush.  They have a grandeur that celebrates the stories’ wealth.  They let us see from different perspectives,  stirring imaginations to enter new realms. 


The Horn Book said, “The narratives are swift and taut and occasionally wink playfully at the reader.”  Isn’t that how the folktales have always been for us, what they have always done? 


The Foreword states, “These are tales for the telling...Take them to yourself, but do not stop there.  These are tales for passing on.”



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*Out of the Everywhere  ©2000 Jan Andrews, Groundwood Books

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OUT OF THE EVERYWHERE

TALES FOR A NEW WORLD

By JAN ANDREWS

Illustrations by SIMON NG


GROUNDWOOD BOOKS

$24.95  Ages 7 and up

ISBN 978-0-88899-402-8

Cover image: with permission Groundwood Books.  All rights reserved.