Earth Tales from around the World


Children's Books

Michael J. Caduto


Language of origin

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7 X 10

The 46 stories in this excellent collection are arranged by theme : earth, sky, animals, and wisdom, to name a few. Some stories are variations on familiar tales. “The Coming of Earth,” for instance, is an example of a Native American earth-diver story. Other stories are unusual, such as the charming Vietnamese tale “Befriended by Flowers.” Excellent source notes show that Caduto consulted several versions before retelling these stories in his own clear, straightforward tone. Unlike Caduto and Joseph Bruchac’s “Keepers” series (Fulcrum), this volume includes stories from many cultures, rather than concentrating on Native American tales. Earth Tales is geared to educators and storytellers, with lessons at the end of each section and a list of suggested activities at the end of the book. The stories themselves are indexed by title, country, and culture, but not by subject, a minor drawback. Illustrated with simple line drawings, this is a collection that will leave children wanting to hear more. ARobin L. Gibson, Muskingum County Library System, Zanesville, OH

Michael J. Caduto

Michael is an award-winning author, master storyteller, ecologist, educator, poet and musician who has been featured on educational television, over National Public Radio and by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). He reaches thousands of people each year through personal appearances and his books are used by millions throughout the world. His work draws from science, Earth stewardship and cultural diversity and he has worked with many indigenous peoples during the past 25 years. Michael is a juried artist with the New Hampshire Council on the Arts and the Vermont Arts Council, and has been affiliated with the Vermont Council on the Humanities and the Quebec-Labrador Foundation. His programs, performances, keynotes, workshops and residencies are given to children, school groups, teachers, naturalists, families, storytellers, conferences and general audiences. He has taught at numerous colleges and universities throughout North America. (Michael is of Italian ancestry.) In 1984 Michael founded a service called P.E.A.C.E.® - Programs for Environmental Awareness and Cultural Exchange. P.E.A.C.E.® promotes understanding, awareness, appreciation and stewardship as the foundation for building a harmonious, sustainable relationship between people and Earth, and among the cultures of the world.
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