The Tongue-Cut Sparrow

A Japanese Folktale

From the Set Folktales from Around the World

A kind old man and his greedy wife learn lesssons from a tiny sparrow in this folktale from Japan.

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  • Folktales
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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Dewey 398.2
Lexile 640
ATOS Reading Level 4.0
Guided Reading Level N
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781623232146
Copyright 2013
Number of Pages 24
Dimensions 7.25 x 8.25
Graphics Full-color illustrations, 1-color illustrations

A noteworthy review of Folktales from Around the World from Library Media Connection on September 1, 2013

These easy-to-read books retell worldwide folktales in a child-friendly manner. Colorful illustrations, along with monochromatic illustrations, add to the narration. At the end of each book is a discussion of folktales in general and the specific folktale, including a question for further discussion. These tales will be useful in literature and social studies courses; they can be used to focus on a specific culture or tale or to compare and contrast narrative-styles between cultures. Lacking is a glossary or introductory material. All readers will benefit from this exposure to folktales, particularly when tying literature across the curriculum.

Author: M. J. York

M. J. York has an undergraduate degree in English and history and a master's degree in library science. M. J. lives in Minnesota and works as a children's-book editor. She has always been fascinated by myths, legends, and fairy tales from around the world.

Illustrator: JT Morrow

JT Morrow has been an illustrator for over twenty years and has won several awards. He specializes in creating parodies and imitations of the old and modern masters. Mr. Morrow lives just south of San Francisco with his wife and daughter.