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Peace Tales: World Folktales To Talk About

Peace Tales: World Folktales To Talk About

Author: Margaret Read MacDonald

Finding tales for this collection was not easy. It seems that humans spend much more time talking about ways to trick others...ways to defeat the enemy…ways to win the gold... Not so many stories are told about how to get along with one’s neighbors.

37 stories are included here, with 37 matching proverbs. 41 cultures are represented. You will find delightful audience-participation tales to share, thoughtful quiet pieces, and many short tales which take less than a minute to tell. Some are retold in my usual tellable style. Some are reprinted from the work of other authors.

Type Year Publisher Price Length   ISBN
Paperback  2005  August House (English)  $14.95  116 pages  0-87483-783-9 
Hardcover  2005  August House (English)  $24.95  116 pages  0-87483-794-4 
Hardcover  2004  Haneon Community (Korean)    218 pages  89-5596-186-3 
Paperback  2003   GRAD (French)    127 pages  2-910222-17-9 
Paperback  2003  Penerbit Kanesius (Bahasa Indonesia)    118 pages  979-21-0726-6 

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"thought-provoking vehicle for conflict resolution through story"  ...Horn Book

"significantly augments the literature accessible to children on the topic of peace"  ...Journal of Youth Services in Libraries

"Teachers can use this book to find ways to defuse classroom situations and teach the beginnings of tolerance"  ...Sing Out!

"These inventive tales teach peace without preaching and offer practical solutions to inevitable conflicts."  ...Booklist, June 15, 1992

"An interesting, useful collection intended as discussion starters on war and peace, conflict and cooperation. ...The appeal is wide ranging."  ...Kirkus July 1, 1992

"The importance of patience, understanding and working together is the common theme...a commendable compilation. "  ...Publisher's Weekly, 1992

"storytellers will find the book useful...It is important to present...the possibility of peace, however fragile."  ...School LIbrary Journal, 1992

"The retellings are crisp...a multicultural index gives access to the stories."  ...Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 1992

"Dozens of insightful stories and proverbs about war and peace to aid children in their discussions about the personal and political choices they will need to make in their lives."  ...Instructor, October 1994


Notable 1992 Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
Council for the Social Studies/ Children’s Book Council   

Storytelling World Award

Best Books for Children, 7th ed.

Books for the Teen Age—New York Public Library

Elementary School Library Collection, 22 ed.

Young Hoosier Book Award Nominee
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Show Me Readers Award Preliminary List
Missouri Association of School Librarians Show Me Readers Award Preliminary List    
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