Murti Bunanta is an author, educator, and storyteller. She received her doctorate from ehe University of Indonesia and is founder and president of Kelampok Pencinta Bacaan Anak, the Society for the Advancement of Children's Literature, a nonprofit organization that pioneers programs to develop children's reading in Indonesia.
Margaret Read MacDonald is an author, storyteller, and librarian. She holds a PhD in Folklore from Indiana University and is the author of over 30 books on folklore and storytelling.
Imaginative and captivating, funny and sometimes tragic, these tales have remained popular and culturally significant for Vietnamese, young and old, for hundreds of years. The intricate illustrations draw on centuries-old painting styles and on natural imagery and everyday life in Vietnam.
Coauthored by a renowned folklorist and a professor of education who recalls some of these poignant tales from her own childhood, the book opens with a discussion of the Arabian Peninsula that introduces each country and discusses its terrain, peoples, and current situation to provide important background information. The engaging stories that follow will serve elementary, junior high, and high school librarians as well as public librarians, professional storytellers, and folklorists. The tales themselves—many of which have never been published in English language children's collections—are appropriate for readers grades five and up.