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When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew

Posted on: August 24, 2011

When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew: Tales of Ti-Jean by Jan Andrews.  Illus. by Dusan Petricic.  (2011). 67 pages.  Groundwood.  Grades 3-6.  Folktale.

Three New World tales with an Old World flavor feature Quebec folktale hero, Ti-Jean.  Familiar folktale characters and motifs are featured in the lively tales.  Ti-Jean performs difficult challenges, saves his brothers, is kind and caring to others and loves his mother.  What’s not to like about his adventures, especially his those that involve his love for his mother?  Sometimes Ti-Jean seems foolish and other times wise.  His personality changes keep the reader guessing and involved.    An added bonus is that each story features a female in an active role.  The black pencil drawings add droll details to the stories.  A perfect selection to read aloud or to learn to storytell.

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