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Volume V Number 14 . . . . March 12, 1999
A Curly Tale is a folktale from the Northern Indian state of Bihar. It is similar in many ways to traditional European fairy story. A poor shoe maker goes to see a holy man because he wishes to become rich.excerpt:
Both the audio cassette and the text are well done. Younger students will enjoy listening to the story and music on the cassette and looking at the illustrations in the book. They may also practise their reading by following along in the book while listening to the tape.
The kit might also be used for units on fairy tales or India. Students could use it for studying Indian art and music. The colourful, stylized Mithila paintings which illustrate the story are in the style done by women of that area of Bihar. They begin with finely detailed line drawings which are then brightly painted. Students could produce paintings of their own in that style.
Irene Gordon of Headingley, Manitoba, is a free-lance writer and former teacher-librarian who spent 14 years working in a junior high school library.
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