Synopses & Reviews
From China to Burma, Afghanistan to America, this collection of fourteen familiar and little-known stories tells the tales of sons, brothers, kings, and trolls--men and boys united by a common heroism that comes from strength of character, wisdom, and compassion. These stories show that brains trump brawn every time.
Renowned storyteller Jane Yolen has created an exciting companion book to her Book Sense 76 Pick Not One Damsel in Distress. An inspired collection of dramatic tales, Mightier Than the Sword will inspire boys and girls alike.
Fourteen folk tales from around the world that show there's more to might than muscle.
From China to Burma, Afghanistan to America, this collection of 14 familiar and little-known stories tells the tales of sons, brothers, kings, and trolls--men and boys united by a common heroism that comes from strength of character, wisdom, and compassion. Illustrations.
About the Author
is the author of many fine books for young people, including Not One Damsel in Distress
, stories that "sing and soar in Yolen's supple language," according to Booklist
. She has won several of the most prestigious awards in children's literature. Ms. Yolen lives in western Massachusetts and Scotland.
RAUL COLandOacute;N has illustrated more than fifteen books for children, including My Mama Had a Dancing Heart, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. He also collaborated with Robert Burleigh on Pandora and Hercules. He lives in New York.
Table of Contents
An Open Letter to My Sons and Grandson
The Magic Brocade (China)
The Young Man Protected by the River (Angola)
The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs (Germany)
Eating with Trolls (Norway)
Knee-High Man (African American)
Language of the Birds (Russia)
Thick-Head (Abenaki/Native American)
The Fisherman and the Chamberlain (Burma)
Jack and His Companions (Ireland)
The Truthful Shepherd (Hungary)
And Who Cured the Princess? (Israel)
The False Knight on the Road (England)
Hired Hands (Afghanistan)
Mighty Mikko (Finland)
An Open Letter to Nana
Notes on the Stories