US $24.99 - Canada $32.99
Tales of Aladdin, of genies in lamps, flying carpets, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves make up part of the lore of India, China, Arabia, and the Far East. Author Donna Jo Napoli has selected 25 of the stories and rewritten them keeping well to those handed down through the years. The illustrations of Christina Balit are stunning blasts of vivid color and swirling imagery that stays true to real and perceived images of these fantastic fables.
Most familiar to me of the 25 in this stunning book are "Aladdin," "Sinbad the Sailor," and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." The stories are such that older readers will enjoy an evening reading these old tales and the young children will grasp much of the excitement and hopefully not be too frightened or excited for bedtime.
Parents should keep in mind that these stories are not for the faint-of-heart. There is an ogress, scary genies (jinni), chopping off the head, etc. They are, however, old and can be beneficial for older children to read. These tales and pictures take the child to far off lands and far off times to far off stories of the ancients.
There are side bars that present varied information that lends understanding to the story, the people, the cultures. Some of the illustrations are scary or frightful and others striking in their beauty.
I don't recommend this for all homes, but for some it will be a good addition. As I said, there are scary stories and events as well as wives who are unfaithful to their husbands. I would not read this to children younger than age 10.
About the book: A retelling of classic Arabian folk tales such as "One Thousand and One Nights," "Aladdin," "Sinbad the Sailor," and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves."
About the author: Donna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children's and YA fiction. She received her BA in mathematics in 1970 and her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures in 1973, both from Harvard University, then did a postdoctoral year in Linguistics at MIT. She has since taught linguistics at Smith College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and Swarthmore College.
Begins November 16
ENDS December 5 @ 12:05 a.m. ET
Open to USA addresses only.a Rafflecopter giveaway DISCLOSURE: I reeived a complimentary copy to facilitate this review and I was not compensated nor required to render a positive review. The giveaway copy is provided and shipped directly to the winner by the publicist for National Geographic.