Book review: The Storyteller’s secrets, by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Peter Bailey

Mitton, Tony. The Storyteller’s Secrets. Illustrated by Peter Bailey. David Fickling Books, 2009. $15.99. ISBN 978-0-385-75190-2. 125 p. Gr. 4 – 6. P7Q9

mitton-storytellers-secretsTwins, Toby and Tess, meet a mysterious old traveler who fascinates them with his magical tales of far-off places, strange enchantments, and unbelievable occurrences. Each time he visits the village he brings them a new tale and a special story-reminder from the bundle that he carries on his back.

Review by student: J. R.

Editor’s note: This frame story of Teller, a traveling storyteller, and the twins Toby and Tess, includes 5 adaptations of folk tales retold in verse: The woodcutter’s daughter, St. Brigid’s cloak, The seal hunter, The pedlar of Swaffham, Tam Lin, The map of marvels, and Five fragments. Brief prose sections frame the overarching story.



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