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The Ogress and the Snake


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* Somalia is always a bubbling topic because of the many asylum-seekers coming to Europe. * Gives a true picture of traditional Somalia far removed from news headlines * Author is an award-winning novelist * Author's experience of travelling through Somalia gives authenticity to the collection * Other titles in the series include A Fistful of Pearls (Iraq) and The Dragon of Krakow (Poland) *Praise for A Fistful of Pearls: Elizabeth Laird's glittering collection of folk tales!A highly unusual and welcome collection sure to be of interest to schools - Carousel

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Elizabeth Laird worked in Malaysia and Ethiopia and lived in Iraq and Beirut during the civil war, before being evacuated to Vienna and finally moving to Richmond. Her best-known books include The Garbage King, set in Addis Ababa, which was shortlisted for the 2003 Carnegie Medal and Crusade, shortlisted for the 2008 Carnegie Medal. Her first novel, Red Sky in the Morning, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal. Kiss the Dust, which won the Children's Book Award in 1992 and the Dutch Royal Geographical Society Glass Globe Award, is also set in Iraq and Iran. She lives in Richmond-upon-Thames, London. To visit Elizabeth Laird's website click here Shelley Fowles was born in South Africa. Her books include The Bachelor and the Bean, winner of the U.S. Maron Vannett Ridgway Honor Book Award 2004. She lives in east London.


A wonderful collection of eight desert tales from Somalia. Wicked stepmothers, gold, snakes, why dogs are a man's best friend - it's all here in these beautifully retold stories. || If you thought Somalia had nothing to offer the world but piracy, you'll soon change your mind if you sample this wonderful selection from the country's colourful and unusual stories. The author collected them herself in the field from local oral tradition and has retold them in a splendidly accessible and entertaining style. Great for any child who enjoys fairy tales. || Told in a graceful light-hearted style, this unusual collection is perfect for reading aloud in the classroom. || A wonderful collection of eight desert tales from Somalia. Beautifully re-told stories. || The stories are perfectly complemented by Shelley Fowles light-hearted illustrations. These would be lovely short tales for bed-time, or at the end of a busy school day. || As well as being a delight in themselves, these tales will serve to emphasise to young readers that however different we may look and however differently we may live, nevertheless we share a common existence in which we all face the same basic uncertainties and fears. As ever, the underdog triumphs, and considerable humour (well expressed in Shelley Fowles' illustrations) leavens the magic and underscores the moral of each story. This is an immensely enjoyable and valuable collection for adult and child readers alike. || Provides an excellent introduction to the tradition of oral storytelling. Highly reminiscent of the classic Aesop's Fables, many of the tales feature anthropomorphic animals abd their relationship with man. These short, engaging stories are perfect to read aloud in class and raise plenty of thought-provoking topics for discussion. Expertly illustrated by Shelley Fowles, the evocative black and white drawings add further appeal to children reading by themselves. || Lively, fresh and entertaining, filled with wisdom and wit. While the stories' landscapes belong to the country, the characters and predicaments are, as with all traditional tales, universally recognisable.

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